In today’s economic climate, employers are looking for more and more ways to cut costs. Unfortunately, these cost cutting measures sometimes affect the salaries of employees. In the state of Massachusetts and across the country, failing to pay employees for work done is not only morally wrong, but unlawful. Recently, a woman in another state filed a lawsuit against a well known fast-food company for allegedly breaking wage and hour laws.
It is claimed that the company willfully failed to pay the plaintiff for overtime as a way to save money. The plaintiff alleges that even though she was hired as an overtime eligible employee, she was often excluded from receiving overtime pay. The plaintiff claims that she routinely worked 50 to 70 hours each week, but the company would pay her as if she only worked 40 hours per week.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was unfairly categorized as an overtime-exempt employee, even though she performed non-managerial tasks, including helping customers, cleaning, taking orders, preparing and cooking food. Also, the plaintiff was allegedly treated as a non-exempt employee when it was in the company’s financial interest, and her pay was often reduced for every hour under 40 hours per week worked. According to the lawsuit, under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the plaintiff was entitled to time and a half pay.
Unfortunately, it seems wage and hour laws are increasingly being ignored by employers these days. Companies in Massachusetts and across the United States are constantly looking for ways to cut costs, and sometimes these cost-cutting measures may unlawfully affect workers. Employees that have been subjected to such unfair acts have the right to take legal action. Compensation awarded from a successfully litigated lawsuit can help ease the financial burden that comes with lost wages.
Source: charlotteobserver.com, “Lawsuit alleges Bojangles’ cheated Charlotte employee out of overtime pay”, Katherine Peralta, Feb. 11, 2017