When two businesses enter into a contract with one other, both typically anticipate that the other will uphold their end of the agreement. A company based in Georgia is starting to question whether or not Pilot Flying J, a chain of truck stops, is upholding its promises laid out in a contract. Following on the tails of criminal raid on the company, Atlantic Coast Carriers is taking its breach of contract concerns to court in hopes to litigate a class action lawsuit.
Many entrepreneurs enter into franchise agreements each year, in the hopes that opening a franchise will prove a sound business investment. Now, someone is bringing one such franchise to the Atlanta, Georgia area in the form of a Burger 21 restaurant. This will mark the first franchised restaurant under this brand in our region. Many Georgia residents may be familiar with The Melting Pot, which is owned by the same individuals who founded Burger 21.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes standards for wages and hours that employers are expected to follow, including overtime pay, child labor laws and time-and-a-half earnings. One Georgia restaurant has recently been accused of violating FLSA, and a former cook has filed a federal lawsuit in an attempt to get the overtime pay that he feels he is owed. According to reports, disputes about overtime are not uncommon in Atlanta, particularly for workers in service-oriented positions.
While the recent election season was going on, many entrepreneurs were cautious about making any significant moves. However, now that the election is over, some people are reporting that more entrepreneurs are making the jump to start up their new businesses. A popular business opportunity that seems to be attracting entrepreneurs is franchise agreements. One entrepreneur from Georgia is now working toward attracting more entrepreneurs to open franchises of his fitness company.
With the difficult economic times hitting many states, the need to maximize performance at work has been vital to ensuring a company's fiscal stability. However, what happens when employees are required to work overtime to meet certain financial quotas but are not paid for this work? This issue has arisen in a large number of overtime pay lawsuits that have been filed across Georgia and the country in the last year.
A nuclear power plant in Georgia is the subject of a recent lawsuit that has two companies suing each other. The business litigation is between Georgia Power Co., a unit of Southern Co.), and Westinghouse Electric Co. The case has been filed in a federal court. Cases such as this one demonstrate the importance of carefully planning and preparing in the event that business litigation does ensue.
A Georgia police officer is suing for overtime pay that she claims she never received. The woman has filed a lawsuit against the city of Canton and her police department in a federal court. She is currently suspended with pay from her department on accusations unrelated to her overtime pay lawsuit.
Any business can find themselves the subject of a lawsuit for numerous reasons. One recent example can be found in the University of Georgia system. The University of Georgia has become engaged in business litigation over the proposed name of one of the system's schools. A lawsuit has been filed against the University system by Regent University, located in another state.
Officials of the Atlanta International Airport believe that barring setbacks, the new Maynard H. Jackson terminal could open in May. With a total of 150 spots for businesses to occupy (126 restaurants and bars, 24 retail shops), the new terminal is expected to generate about $347 million annually in gross sales. But a contract dispute regarding the foreign currency exchange at the terminal threatens to damper the excitement surrounding the new terminal.
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.