In today's ever changing business world, companies are looking for more and more ways to cut costs while raising profits. Unfortunately, these cost-cutting measures sometimes directly affect employees. Paying employees for the work they provide is required by law in the state of Massachusetts and across the country. Neglecting to pay workers or denying their rights is a direct violation of wage and hour laws. Employees who have been neglected in such a manner can take action and file a lawsuit.
A wage and hour lawsuit filed against retail giant Nike recently made headlines. According to allegations, several Nike minimum wage employees were required to purchase their own uniforms several times a year. The additional costs of purchasing new attire several times, as well as being taxed on these purchases, put the workers' actual wages below minimum requirements.
The lawsuit also accuses Nike of failing to provide itemized wage statements. Other allegations include failing to disclose the amount of paid sick leave and paid time off available to employees. The lawsuit includes at least 14 claims against the company.
Failing to pay workers the minimum required pay is not only very wrong but also unlawful. Employees in Massachusetts and other states are protected by state and federal wage and hour laws. Workers who feel they have been subjected to unfair acts by employers have the right to take legal action by filing a wage and hour lawsuit. Compensation awarded from a successfully litigated lawsuit can help ease the financial burden that comes with loss of wages and employment.
Source: calaborlawnews.com, "Nike Hit with California Wage and Hour Lawsuit", Gordon Gibb, April 8, 2017