Recently, several news stories have reported that the government is cracking
down on businesses such as restaurants and factories that fail to pay
employees minimum wage and overtime. Under
federal law, most businesses must pay workers at least the federal minimum wage, $7.25
per hour. Employers must also pay all non-exempt employees overtime, calculated
at a rate of one and one-half times your rate of pay for all hours worked
in excess of 40 hours in a workweek.
Recently, three Seattle-area restaurants settled a lawsuit brought by the
Department of Labor after an investigation found several
federal pay-roll violations. The restaurants agreed to pay more than $420,000 in back wages and damages
to 83 employees.
Payroll abuses at the restaurants included:
• Paying some workers only $10/day;
• Paying kitchen workers on a salary regardless of number of hours
worked; and • Paying employees in cash.
As a result of the investigation and lawsuit, the restaurants have agreed
to keep accurate time and payroll records.
Issues with pay, including minimum wage and overtime, often affect the
If you suspect you or anyone else at your work has been denied minimum
wage or overtime, please contact the experienced
Atlanta employment lawyers The Buckley Law Firm, LLC. We have years of experience helping employees
get all the pay they deserve.