An interesting minimum wage lawsuit has just settled that has the potential
to affect airport workers, including those at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta
International Airport. In the minimum wage case, numerous airport skycaps
filed a lawsuit against United Airlines alleging that the companies that
the airlines contracts around the country failed to pay them the minimum
wage they are entitled to.
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), all workers are entitled to
receive minimum wage. – currently $7.25/an hour, although some states
have a higher minimum wage. Further, where individuals – such as
skycaps – make a large portion of their through tips, very specific
rules apply regarding the amount of tips an employer may use in figuring
out what to pay a worker.
If you have questions concerning your pay or believe that you haven’t
received the amount of pay you are entitled to, it’s critical to
contact a top
Atlanta wage and hour attorney right away to discuss your options.
Here, whether the skycaps were receiving the pay they were entitled to
became an issue in 2006 when airlines changed the practice of curbside
check in. Instead of being free, United as well as many other airlines
began imposing a fee of $2 for every bag checked curbside. The skycaps
were then required to turn the $2 fee over to the airlines. However, because
many customers weren’t aware of the fee, they didn’t pay it
and skycaps were forced to use money that was supposed to be their tip
to cover the mandatory fee. The lawsuit alleged that this practice violated
the FLSA, which provides that tipped employees must be allowed to keep
all of their tips, unless they are part of a valid tip pool. Additionally,
as a result of this practice, skycaps earned less that the mandatory minimum wage.
The skycap lawsuit was settled for $250,000 and each of the workers involved
in the minimum wage case will receive around $1000.
The skycaps involved in this lawsuit worked at various airports around
the country, including Denver International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth
International Airport, Logan International Airport in Boston, Miami International
Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
For more information about minimum wage or tip policies, or think that
you may not have been pain all the wages you are entitled to, it is important
to speak to an experienced Georgia wage and hour attorney right away.
If you believe that you have been denied overtime or that your employer
has committed some other violation of the wage and hour laws, you don’t
have to file an EEOC claim as you would in a typical discrimination case.
Instead, you can hire a private attorney and file suit as soon as you
discover the violation. Chances are that if you have been denied fair
compensation, other workers have as well. If so, you may be able to file
a special type of FLSA class action, known as a collective action, which
will help you bring the maximum pressure to bear on your employer to change
its ways and to pay you all the compensation you are owed.
contact a top Georgia Fair Labor Standards Act attorney from Buckley Beal LLPimmediately if you have any questions regarding your pay.