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.
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.
In a move that could ultimately have implications for Georgia businesses, the IRS and Labor Department have begun a program of sharing information to help identify businesses that are in violation of employment law. The government seeks to aggressively pursue those in violation of wage and hour law, particularly ones that are accused of cheating workers out of wages. A primary concern is businesses that mischaracterize workers as independent contractors to avoid minimum wage and overtime rules.