by: Kathryn Burcham Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A Charlotte hotel must pay workers tens of thousands of dollars in back wages after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Officials said management at America's Best Value Inn & Suites off
Interstate 85 has agreed to pay 34 workers more than $37,000 in back wages.
The news comes after investigators said employers there made unlawful deductions from paychecks as disciplinary actions.
Officials said management also failed to pay workers for three days of required training and was paying workings in cash and "off the books."
Investigators said the employers were also paying housekeepers $3 per hotel room, rather than paying the legally mandated federal minimum wage.
Up-to-date wage records were also missing at the hotel, according to investigators.
Management at the property, which is owned by Veer Enterprises, was unavailable for comment.
Hotel guests told Channel 9 they were shocked by the investigation, and felt sorry for the affected workers.
"I'm a working guy myself, I drive a truck for a
living. Business is business, but that's not good business," said one guest.