Employers and employees in California and across the United States know the importance of paying people fairly, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Despite the laws that are in place to protect employees and ensure they are paid a fair wage, receive breaks and get paid overtime, a number of employers continue to violate these standards. When employers do not follow the laws that are put in place, they may end up paying a hefty fine as a result of their noncompliance.
This is what happened to a man who owns several food businesses scattered throughout the bay area. Workers at the food shops complained that they were not receiving the tips that they earned on a daily basis, but rather as a lump sum at the end of the year. This clear violation of California state law was only one of the complaints filed by employees. They also complained of not receiving overtime pay. The employer negotiated with employers and attorneys and came to an agreement to pay employees a $690,000 settlement.
Many California workers have brought cases against employers for similar issues, including minimum wage violations, poor distribution of tips, inadequate rest breaks and employer retaliation. You are entitled to receive fair pay for the work you have done for your employer. If you feel as though you have been victimized by your employer, you may want to contact an attorney regarding your legal rights and options.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle, “Bay Area restaurant workers collect lost wages as California strengthens protections,” Jonathan Kauffman, Feb. 4, 2019.