One of the more common wage errors employers make is failing to pay their
minimum wage. Sometimes, employers intentionally avoid paying minimum wage. Other times,
they make errors and mistakenly fail to pay workers all the wages they
are entitled to. Either way, the error may be a violation of state or
federal minimum wage law.
Ensuring workers are paid minimum wage is significant and important. Not
only should workers be paid what they are entitled to, but paying an adequate
wage also helps the local economy. Minimum wage workers spend their money
primarily on necessities, which then puts money back into their community.
Failure to pay enough wages is such a common problem that recently even the State of Florida was cited
for violating its own constitution for failing to raise the minimum wage
from $7.25 to $7.31 an hour. According to the lawsuit, Florida failed
to pay the higher wage due to bad accounting. Florida is one of a few
states that adjusts its wage based on the cost of living and did not increase
the minimum wage this year as it should.
Worker groups including a restaurant worker and three farm workers sued
the Agency for Workplace Intervention, a State of Florida agency responsible
for setting the wages. In what has been called a “victory for the
state’s most vulnerable workers,” beginning next month the
workers will see a six-cent raise in their paycheck.
For more information, or if you believe you have not been paid all the
wages you are entitled to, please contact the
Atlanta wage and hour law firm, The Buckley Law Firm, LLC, dedicated to ensuring workers receive all
the compensation they deserve.