ATLANTA – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has ordered the owner of a Stone Mountain insurance agency to pay $50,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to a worker terminated after inquiring about pay.
The court’s action follows an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division that found that M. Davis Insurance Agency Inc. – operating as Marc Davis State Farm – fired a worker after they requested information about compensation. Instead of answering the worker’s questions about their pay, Marc Davis State Farm retaliated by terminating the worker’s employment.
In addition to back wages and damages, the court order prohibits Davis from:
- Accepting, requesting, or requiring that current or former workers return or decline wages owed.
- Threatening current or former workers to affect their FLSA rights.
- Making employee working conditions unfavorable, as a way of limiting their FLSA rights.
- Attempting to influence employee participation in a U.S. Department of Labor investigation or instructing workers to avoid speaking to or giving information to its investigators.
- Attempting to fire other workers affected by the court proceedings.
“Worker engagement with the U.S. Department of Labor is protected activity. They have the right to ask questions about an employer’s pay practices, and the law protects their right to do so,” said Atlanta District Director Steven Salazar in Atlanta. “Employees and workers alike can benefit from the tools Wage and Hour Division offers for the public to learn and understand their responsibilities and rights.”
For information about the FLSA and other laws enforced by the division, contact the agency’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243) or visit the agency’s website to learn more about the Wage and Hour Division, including a search tool to use if you think you may be owed back wages collected by the division.
I have mixed feelings about removing the Confederate emblem off the mountain. As a conscious African American woman,nothing bugs me more than riding/ walking around Stone Mountain Park seeing it. The stories that my late great grandmother would discuss about the pain that her grandmother who was a slave wasn’t pretty .Back in those times ,Black lives didn’t matter.Why would I or other sensible Black person praise the Confederacy?
Like most Black people that I know( including me)that carving doesn’t represent them. As a matter of factly,it is said that the creator of the sculpture and their supporters were racists who supported White Supremacy. I’m a proud Black woman who would never support it and wouldn’t look right if I did.
My only concern about the Confederate sculpture is how to one redo it without causing harm to the people, environment and their communities? If there is a safe way that it can be done I’m all for it. I also think that Stone Mountain should talk more about the Black people that made up the Sherman town community and other Black people who lived in Stone Mountain.