It is only fair that workers in the state of Massachusetts and across the country get paid for the work they provide. Unfortunately, employers are constantly looking for ways to cut costs and save money. These cost-cutting measures can sometimes directly affect the salaries of employees. Wage and hour laws exist to protect workers and ensure that employees are properly paid. Recently, a lawsuit was filed in another state after workers were allegedly not paid for routinely working overtime.
According to the lawsuit filed by several former employees of a restaurant, their managers asked them to work more than 40 hours a week at several locations and did not pay them overtime wages. The employees claim that they would work at two different restaurant locations, clocking in over 40 hours. However, the employer counted those hours individual to each restaurant and collective. The plaintiff also claim that they were also required to share tips with managers.
The lawsuit also asserts that the plaintiffs were paid tipped minimum wage even when they were not performing work that was not part of tipped duties. The workers were required to spend their own money for uniforms and supplies, the lawsuit claims. Other allegations say that the plaintiffs were required to attend pre-shift meetings without clocking in and, when they were compensated for overtime, their employer paid a lower hourly rate.
Unfortunately, employers in Massachusetts and across the United States sometimes violate the rights of their employees. Employees that have been subjected to violations of wage and hour laws can take legal action. Compensation awarded from a successful lawsuit can help ease the financial burden that comes with lost wages.
Source: The Washington Post, "Founding Farmers restaurants are accused of wage and overtime violations", Tim Carman, June 8, 2017