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A Penny Earned Is A Penny…Sued Over?

In a stunning example of adult like behavior, after a Georgia man quit his job his employer dumped over 90,000 pennies onto his driveway to pay his final paycheck.  Now the U.S. government is suing the employer, arguing “it” was an act of illegal retaliation.

In November 2020, Andreas Flaten quit his job at A OK Walker Autoworks. Instead of mailing Flaten his final paycheck, his employer sent a truckful of pennies that added up to $915. The pennies were also covered in a sticky, oil-like substance, according to Flaten’s girlfriend who posted about the incident on Instagram.

Flaten filed a report against Miles Walker, owner of A OK Walker Autoworks and his former boss, with the U.S. Department of Labor citing that Walker had failed to give him his last paycheck.

Now the Department of Labor is suing Walker, filing a complaint with a Georgia federal court. The lawsuit alleges that after learning about Flaten’s complaint to the Labor Department Walker said, “how can you make this guy realize what a disgusting example of a human being he is…you know what? I’ve got plenty of pennies; I’ll use them.”

Walker proceeded to dump approximately 91,500 pennies on Flaten’s driveway, leaving a copy of Flaten’s paycheck on top with an expletive written on the outside.

The Labor Department’s complaint doesn’t include a specific dollar amount but does ask for back wages for a period of three years prior to the pennies on the driveway incident and an additional equal amount as liquidated damages to Flaten.

Simple question:

Do you think that Walker consulted with his attorney before his actions?
So many people think of attorneys as people that are designed to get you out of trouble, and we are.  However, many times the better use is to call an attorney before you get into trouble.  Emotion is the basic element of rash action.  The simple action of consulting an attorney will make you pause, think logically, and may end up saving you a lot of time and money.   For Walker, a 30 minute phone call with an attorney, over the $915 paycheck, probably would have costs about $100.  Now that $915 paycheck, is probably a $90,000 settlement/verdict and attorney bill.

Pick up the phone and call Winslow Law for your consult BEFORE you need help.  Create a relationship and let us try to keep you out of trouble.   But if you don’t, you can still call us DURING or AFTER your situation also.

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