The LA times reveals that the California labor commissioner has sued
ZipRealty for nearly $18 million in aminimum wage case. At issue, the failure of the company to pay minimum wages and
overtime compensation to hundreds of agents throughout the state.
Both federal and state laws set forth certain minimum wage and overtime
standards applicable to nearly all U.S. employers. Federal minimum wage
law – the Fair Labor Standards Act – requires that workers
be paid a minimum $7.25 hour. California’s minimum wage is currently
set at $8.00, and worker’s are entitled to be paid at this higher amount.
Even with the higher minimum wage, studies reveal that the 20% of American
adults who earn $10.65/hour or less, even at 40 hours a week, this amounts
to less than $22,314 the poverty level for a family of four.
ZipRealty is a real estate company that makes sales both statewide and
nationally on the Internet, while relying on on-line employees to respond
to questions and close on the deals. A stated by the California Labor
Commissioner “In times like these, enforcement of the minimum wage
is critical to maintaining a floor that allows workers to survive.”
Added the director of the state Department of Industrial Relations, “This
case is a symptom of growing problems in the recession-wracked labor market.”
Violations of minimum labor standards are now occurring in a wide variety
The lawsuit seeks $7.5 million in unpaid minimum wages, $1.3 million in
unpaid overtime and more than $9 million in damages and penalties.
In Georgia where the minimum wage is even lower – $7.25 – it
is even more crucial to ensure that you are receiving the pay you deserve.
If you believe that your employer is failing to pay you the minimum wage
or overtime compensation you are entitled to, it is critical to contact
Atlanta wage and hour attorney at once. For more information, or to schedule a confidential consultation
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