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Popeye's workers allege violations to state wage and hour laws

Many Massachusetts readers may be familiar with the Popeye's Chicken franchise. A group of four workers for the restaurant in another state claim that the company violated state and federal wage and hour laws. They claim that they were not paid overtime nor were some of them paid the applicable minimum wage.

According to the complaint, each of the plaintiffs worked over 40 hours per week, but were never paid overtime. Two of the plaintiffs claim that they were not paid for the hours that they spent training, which equated to anywhere between 24 to 30 hours. The other two plaintiffs maintain that they were not paid minimum wage for a month. They were paid between $7.55 and $8 per hour when the applicable minimum wage was $8.75.

The plaintiffs have filed a federal lawsuit against Middletown Chicken LLC, doing business as Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen. They have also named the owner/manager of the establishment as a defendant. He was apparently responsible for writing the schedules, setting the rate of pay and for hiring and terminating workers. The plaintiffs have requested a trial by jury.

Some Massachusetts companies may choose to ignore state and federal wage and hour laws to try to cut corners and save money. Nevertheless, covered workers have the right to the legally mandated minimum wage. Additionally, eligible employees also have right to payment of overtime when they work more than 40 hours in a week. Employees who believe they are not receiving all the money to which they are entitled may weigh their options and consider seeking legal redress in court.

Source: recordonline.com, "Ex-Popeye's employees sue over wages", James Walsh, Aug. 6, 2015

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