A Maryland Congresswoman has introduced a new bill to amend federal law
regarding the way “tipped employees” are paid. The bill – known as
WAGES [working for adequate gains for employment in services] would require
employers pay a base salary of at least $5.50, up 158% from its current $2.13.
Tipped employees – such as waiters and waitresses – are guaranteed
minimum wage and
overtime under federal law. The bill will not affect worker’s legal rights
to demand fair compensation. Even if it doesn’t pass, those rights
remain in place.
Instead this bill seeks to raise the amount employers must pay in direct
wages to workers. Supporters see this as an important measure to ensure
tipped workers receive adequate pay. Depending on the amount of tips earned,
a tipped worker’s take home pay could increase.
Atlanta employment lawyers, we support those measures that help workers obtain the compensation they
are entitled to.
If you work as a tipped employee and believe you have not received all
the money you are entitled to – either because you are not receiving
minimum wage or not receiving overtime- you may be able to file a claim
for back wages.
For more information, please contact the dedicated
Georgia employee’s rights attorneys The Buckley Law Firm, LLC for a confidential consultation.