Recently, the number of lawsuits alleging violations of the Fair Labor
Standards Act (FLSA) has been on the rise, particularly in the hospitality
industry. In fact, earlier this month a Wall Street Journal article focusing
on the increase in lawsuits against high-end Manhattan restaurants pointed
out that nationwide similar such lawsuits have doubled in the last 10
years. Much of the increase has been due to a greater familiarity and
understanding of wage and hour laws by workers, and a populace that is
increasingly empowered- and rightfully so – to assert their rights.
What are your rights under the FLSA? If you have specific questions about
the FLSA, and wonder if you have been receiving all of the benefits entitled
to you, its best to consult with an experienced Atlanta personal injury
lawyer who can answer your particular questions. However, a few rules
apply to most workers. First, all workers are guaranteed to be paid at
least minimum wage. Additionally, those non-exempt workers who work more
than 40 hours in any work week are entitled to be paid at a rate of one
and one-half times their standard rate of pay. Further, very specific
regulations apply to those workers who are tipped employees – and
how tips are collected and distributed. In fact a 2014 study by the U.S.
Department of Labor found that wage violations – concentrated mostly
in the hospitality industry – result in between $10 million and
$20 million of lost worker income a week in New York State.
Hopefully, the rising number of lawsuits will end the number of violations
and lead to greater protections for workers.
For more information or if you have any wage and hour questions, please
contact the dedicated
Georgia wage and hour lawyers at Buckley Beal, LLP for an immediate consultation.