Muscogee County school board candidate’s business faces wage violations

COLUMBUS, GA (WLTZ) — There are wage violations out against a local business owner and political candidate after the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour division got a complaint on behalf of 73 employees of B&O Services.

The company is owned by Joann Thomas Brown who is running for the Muscogee County school board.

According to documents, obtained exclusively by WLTZ First News, on May 18th a settlement was reached for the company to pay back wages and overtime.

The U.S. Department of Labor said B&O Services had violations in areas of minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping. Back wages were due to 73 employees.

The total paid to them was more than $106,000, which included $2,700 paid out for minimum wage shortages. And most of the total, more than $100,000, was for overtime pay for those workers.

Brown declined an on-camera interview, but spoke with WLTZ over the phone. She said this labor dispute was unrelated to her run for school board.

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