Advocating For California Employee Rights

Lawsuit alleges restaurant violated wage and hour laws

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2018 | Wage And Hour

Its not only fair, it is required by law that employees in the state of California and across the country get paid for the work they provide. These laws exist at the state and federal level. Wage and hour laws establish minimum wages and also require that overtime is paid to employees who work in excess 40 hours per week. However, in today’s economic climate, it is not uncommon for employers to look for more ways to save money and cut costs. Sometimes, this can directly affect the employees’ salaries of employees.

Recently, a lawsuit was filed against a restaurant in another state over allegations that employees were subjected to several wage and hour violations. The lawsuit claims that servers at the restaurant, who work mostly for tips, were required to share their tips with dishwashers and other workers who are paid above minimum wage. Allegedly, servers were also required to perform work on the side for which tips were not available.

The lawsuit claims that the side work often took up almost a quarter of the servers’ day. The employees accuse the restaurant owners of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. They are seeking back pay plus compensation for all hours worked under minimum wage.

Employers in California and across the country are required by law to compensate employees for the work that they provide. When employers break wage and hour laws, legal action can be taken. By filing a lawsuit, workers could be awarded back pay as well as additional compensation to help make up for lost wages.