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December 2011 Archives

Workers file wage and hour claims against Georgia restaurant

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a complicated law and its standards are sometimes difficult to understand or with which to comply. Two workers at Steak n Shake restaurants in Georgia are suing the restaurant chain for allegedly failing to pay minimum wage and overtime pay to hourly employees. The employees filed the lawsuit in November in federal court in Georgia, and the suit seeks class-action status against the parent company, Steak n Shake Operations Incorporated.The Georgia plaintiffs are currently employed by Steak n Shake, and they have worked in various positions in the restaurant. In order to not pay overtime, the company is accused of telling restaurant managers to adjust the hours of employees who had worked more than 40 hours. The plaintiffs also claim the restaurant chain failed to pay the appropriate minimum wage for servers who received tips from customers. Steak n Shake purportedly adjusted the weekly tips in a way that did not accurately reflect the amount earned by servers. The two plaintiffs have accused the restaurant chain of violating the FLSA and seek monetary damages for unpaid minimum and overtime wages.

Arbitrator sides with Atlanta business in contract dispute

A recent news story detailed the contract dispute between a Georgia parking company and the city of Atlanta, with an arbitrator eventually favoring the company. The city was recently handed a ruling that leaves them holding the bag for a nearly $5 million payment to the company that they hired to perform additional parking enforcement.

Breach of contract suit against debit card distributor

In this economic climate, Georgia businesses are doing everything to stay afloat. When it comes to businesses in the finance industry, business is competitive. So much so that finance companies, or companies that cater to the finance sector, are keeping a very close eye on each other. As such, this is leading to a lot of business litigation, and two debit card companies are in a legal battle over alleged breach of contract.

Beverly Hills housewife in contract dispute

Beverly Hills is the land of swimming pools and movie stars, and many Georgia residents are no doubt fans of the show "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," along with many other of the country's viewers. However, one of the stars of the show has recently been accused of an alleged breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation in relation to an investment deal. The supposed victim is asking for $53,000 plus damages.

Atlanta contract dispute over airport insurance coverage

Contractors that outsource work to vendors may find themselves in a contract dispute over accident liability. In a recent contract dispute, The Georgia Court of Appeals issued a ruling in favor of the estate of a deceased worker against the city of Atlanta and its contractors, Holder Manhattan Moody and Hunt (HMMH). HMMH was contracted by the city to construct the International Concourse at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, and A&G was a subcontractor to HMMH. In 2007, a worker was killed when a truck owned by A&G Trucking Incorporated struck him on the jobsite.

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