WWage Theft Complaint Against Greyhound Bus Lines "Blackballed" by Labor Department?

Wage Theft Complaint Against Greyhound Bus Lines "Blackballed" by Labor Department?

Blog Thursday, 22 June 2017 10:18
The very definition of blackball is to vote against; to exclude from membership by casting a negative vote. The origins of this word seemingly came from rejecting a person from membership in the mafia. I have never joined the mafia nor would I ever want to join the mafia. However, many people have and some have made it their mission to dismiss or reject every legitimate complaint that I have submitted to the federal, state, and local government. Many times they simply do not even respond, but if they do please know it goes to a person that is being told exactly how to handle it.
 

Why do I take the time to file these complaints

While I do release people’s names in these whistleblower documents, the names who are listed are usually just taking orders. The “rank and file” are just ordinary members. Governmental agencies are based on a hierarchy that is similar to the military or your local police department. They usually have to take it to their supervisor, and then their supervisor takes it to their supervisor until it has reached high enough that one can make a decision. These people do not want to be listed on this website and definitely not in my upcoming book.

This also explains why they are so adamant about dismissing or rejecting my complaints as it will have a direct impact on the “rank and file” employees they have told to carry out these orders. To make this clear, if the U.S. government were to “grant” or “approve” my whistleblower complaint many individuals would go to prison. Just like a house of cards, many people fear that they will be “thrown under the bus.” So they do what they have been told.

You may ask, “Well Lewis, if you knew they were not going to do anything, why did you take the time to fill out the complaint?” I pray and ask for the Lord’s help! The Spirit of the Lord lives in me and carries out all things that must be done. They know that I am Christian, I cannot hide it. The Lord Jesus Christ protects me! The Lord is God. Several people have taken it too far. Greyhound Bus Lines has taken it too far, Leah Smith has taken it too far, the U.S. Government has taken it too far, and several people within it.
 

What is the legal basis for the complaint

With that said this post will explain the “fake investigation,” that was carried out by the Department of Labor in regard to a wage theft complaint that I had against Greyhound Bus Lines. I submitted the complaint to the Memphis, “Wage and Hour Division” of the Department of Labor. They did not want to take the complaint and even alluded that they were unaware of problems with pay with Greyhound Bus Lines.

Greyhound Bus Lines is a public company but in many aspects, it operates as a “quasi-governmental” agency, similar to Amtrak or the United States Postal Service. It is a priority of the United States government to have nation-wide public transit systems and offers funding in the form of federal grants and subsidies so that it can continue operating. In fact, Greyhound Bus Lines lobbies various state governments and requests to use taxpayer money to buy Greyhound buses so that they can operate efficiently within their state.

The Department of Labor complaint was submitted under the Department of Labor’s regulation, 29 CFR Part 516. This regulation requires Greyhound Bus Lines to have general record keeping requirements; which include, but are not limited to, hours worked each day and total hours worked each workweek, basis on which employee's wages are paid, all additions to or deductions from the employee's wages. In addition, Greyhound Lines, Inc. records must include accurate information about the employee and data about the hours worked, and the wages earned.

This means that Greyhound must keep a record of everything you are owed whether you submit a pay claim or not. Since I did not even know all the money that Greyhound owed me, I submitted this complaint so that Greyhound Bus Lines had to give the Department of Labor the records showing everything that they owed me; regardless if I knew to file a pay claim on it or not.

Greyhound Bus Lines knows how much money it “saves” by having laborious employee pay claims. The problem is that the “system” that they currently have in place is driving their customers (revenue) away. The money that they believe they are “saving” from employees is actually being lost by customers abandoning their brand.
 

Did the Department of Labor conduct a "fake investigation"

The case investigator, Al Mosey closed the case without investigation, thus a “fake investigation.” I called Mr. Mosley when I had received his letter in the mail. The letter is dated July 28, 2016. He asked me to come down to his office the same day in order to give a statement. I did not refuse to give a statement, but I did tell him that I was unavailable to give a statement at that time. He asked when could I come in and take a statement. I told home that I was also unavailable next week, as I had planned a vacation.


I asked if he could take a phone interview to which he stated that he could not. I told Mr. Mosey a date that I could call him after my vacation. He agreed to the date. However, when I called him on the agreed date and multiple times afterward he did not answer my phone call. I left him several voicemail messages. When I was finally able to talk to him, he stated, “I talked to my supervisor, and we decided to close the case.” I told Mr. Mosey that I knew that the department was not going to investigate the case but I must be obedient to the Lord.


Somehow between Mr. Mosey and his supervisor, this was taken to mean that I did not want to have the case investigated. How could this be? I called the investigator and agreed upon a date. Should I have canceled my vacation in order for him to take my statement?


In order to ascertain this document, I sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Labor. At first, it was denied but upon appeal, I was given the case document.


You can read in the repository of documents here.

 

It can be seen that on page four of this document that the investigator wrote, “…Case was opened based on a [redacted] from Lewis Seals who stated that he believed he was owed $3500 for miscellaneous issues with his employer…. WHI attempted the contact the [redacted] on two separate [occasions]. Both via phone on July 26, and July 28, 2016. WHI also attempted to contact the [redacted] via mail on July 26th and July 28th with a return call notification no later than [August] 5th.  Since no response, I recommend the case be drop.”

 

 caseclosed
 
However, on the second page of the same document it states in relevant part:
 
...spoke with the [redacted] on July 28, 2016 [redacted] refused to provide an interview statement, stating he did not have time due to a vacation he was about to take. [redacted] told WHI that he was expected to return August 4, 2016. WHI informed the [redacted] that he was unable to start the investigation until they have spoken and an interview statement and stated he was will not be available until he returned on August 4, 2016.
 
 caseclosed2
 
 
As it is written, it seems that either this was a direct “falsification of official records” or that the document was changed after requesting the Freedom of Information Act. A second document that resembled the first but without date was also sent in this request. It can be read here.
  

Conclusion 

Now if the Department of Labor will not even investigate a wage theft complaint that I submitted. What are the odds that they will also try to sweep the whistleblower case under the rug? OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration is under the umbrella of the of the Department of Labor.

 

Lewis Seals

Years of dealing with the absolute “corruptness” of the United States government I have found that there is only an “illusion” of fairness.

Website: https://lewisseals.com/

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