Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - More than 600 former employees of a postal bar coding facility in Falling Waters, W.Va., have reached a tentative $1.27 million settlement after the company that ran the operation was sued for failing to pay overtime, training wages and bonuses to employees, officials said.
Advanced Management Inc., had been hired by the U.S. Postal Service to assign bar codes to mail at a facility off the Spring Mills exit along Interstate 81, according to attorney David M. Hammer, who represented the workers.
The codes were assigned to pieces of mail as part of a new automated mail delivery service, according to Hammer. After viewing a computerized image of each piece of mail from a postal facility in Harrisburg, Pa., workers at the Falling Waters facility would enter information for the bar code into the computer, according to Hammer.
Hammer said employees were promised bonuses based on their performance. The firm received $130,000 bonus money from the Postal Service. Employees received $13,000 from the bonus, said Hammer.