New Hampshire Workers Cheated Out of Wages: Congressman Hodes Spurs Investigation That Reveals Fraud
Washington, DC— Congressman Paul Hodes issued the following statement after the Inspector General of the US Postal Service confirmed New Hampshire postal workers’ concerns that management had altered time cards and withheld payment that the workers had earned. Congressman Hodes had called on the Inspector General to investigate these concerns.
“This is a clear and deliberate violation of workers’ rights,” said Congressman Hodes. “New Hampshire families have suffered as a result of this scheme, and these hard-working postal workers deserve the wages that they have earned. The Postal Service should immediately reimburse these workers for the wages that were taken from them.”
Earlier this year, Congressman Hodes wrote to the Inspector General asking for an investigation into claims that management at the Milford Post Office, Manchester South Station, and Manchester West Station had manipulated time cards to cheat workers out of wages they had earned. Postal workers were concerned that management was manually altering time cards in order to avoid paying workers the wages to which they were entitled.
The Inspector General concluded that management altered time entries which, “resulted in the removal of straight time, overtime night differential and penalty overtime causing employees to be underpaid.” Management engaged in these practices at all three of the post office stations in question, and the Inspector General’s investigation revealed other inconsistencies at the Somersworth Post Office and the Salem Post Office. The investigation also revealed a flaw in the way in which clerks’ hours are recorded, which resulted in an “unintentional loss of pay to employees.”