A mechanic given his final pay in tens of thousands of oil-covered pennies dumped on his drive has launched legal action against his former boss.
The 91,500 greasy coins were accompanied by a note saying 'f*** you' as the dispute escalated when Andreas Flaten walked out of his job at a car repair shop.
The 26-year-old, from Fayetteville, Georgia, US, only received the bulk payment – reportedly less than what he's owed – after he contacted officials over the lateness of his final salary.
He said that the pennies totalled 915 US dollars (about £666) and weighed about 500lbs (227kg), Mirror Online reports.
His story went viral after photos of the parting shot was uploaded on social media.
But now the US Department of Labour has filed a federal complaint against OK Walker Autoworks and its owner, Miles Walker.
They allege he "violated retaliation prohibition and overtime laws".
He is seeking $36,971 – over £27,000 – in back wages and other damages after his former boss retaliated against the employee following his resignation last year.
The Department of Labour’s Wage and Hour Division also claim Mr Walker published defamatory statements about the worker on the company’s website.
In the lawsuit, the owner is also accused of violating the Fair Labour Standards Act.
The pennies which were pilled on his driveway took him nearly seven hours to remove, the labour department noted in a press release.
Steven Salazar, a Wage and Hour Division district director, said: “By law, worker engagement with the US Department of Labour is protected activity. Workers are entitled to receive information about their rights in the workplace and obtain the wages they earned without fear of harassment or intimidation."
The story came to light when Mr Flaten's girlfriend Olivia Oxley posted about the driveway discovery.
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She said he is "kind of irritated" about the situation, which meant he has had to clean the pennies individually in order to cash them in.
"That's actually not even his whole pay cheque, that was his salary but he was also paid a commission at the end of every month… so he's definitely still owed money," she added.
"He worked for the money the first time, and now he has to work for his money again so that seems completely backwards to me."
The owner of the shop said last March that he didn't recall dropping the pennies off at his former employee's home.
"I don't really remember," Mr Walker told station WGCL-TV. "It doesn't matter, he got paid, that's all that matters."
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