CRANBURY, NJ—According to public records, the Township's Recreation Department appears to have illegally underpaid as many as 46 employees since 2006.

Counselors for the department's summer camp program were paid at rates as low as $3 per hour, in violation of the minimum wage set forth by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Municipal officials defended their practices, which records show have been in place for many years.  But attorneys for the Township have been unwilling to back them up.

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