More and more employees are suing over wage and hour issues than ever before…
In Texas alone, there were more than 920 wage-related lawsuits brought forward in 2014. To compare, there were only 632 lawsuits brought in 2013, and only 280 in 2004.
The Fair Labor Standards Act.
The Fair Labor Standards Act, passed in 1938 cemented the right for all American employees to be paid a fair wage for a day’s work. This wasn’t the case more than a decade ago since there wasn’t a lot of information available in the public domain touching on the law. However, over the years, aggressive marketing by law firms, public sensitization, rapid growth of small and medium-sized business as well as increased knowledge on how the law works by workers through social media all played a role in the increase of these kinds of cases.
Service and hospitality industries.
Many of the unpaid wage and unpaid overtime disputes are perpetrated by employers in the service and hospitality industry, such as restaurants and bars. It’s not uncommon for these individuals to allocate tips meant for workers to management.
Recently, M Crowd Restaurant Group Inc. got hit by a collective FLSA lawsuit when employees from various establishments that it managed sued for a host of labor-related infractions, some of which touched on compensation disputes and unreasonable work demands such as being forced to work without taking breaks.
Lawsuits are favoring employees.
Following a slew of similar lawsuits over the last few years, companies are beginning to review their pay policies with the hopes of avoiding expensive litigation. Wage-and-hour lawsuits tend to favor employees; this means that if a person were to hire a lawyer and sue for unpaid overtime, they have a good chance at recovering compensation.
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FLSA lawsuits are here to stay as long as employers keep cheating their workers. If you feel that your employer isn’t compensating you for work done or overtime, please get in touch with us so we can determine how to best help you. Call us today at 1-877-405-4313 or fill in our email form so that we can get started on your case as soon as possible.