Several workers from a Vidalia onion farm in Georgia are taking legal steps against their employer in a wage and hour complaint. The disgruntled employees claim that they were paid less than their fellow workers for the same work. The wage and hour complaint stems from grievances filed by almost two dozen current and former employees.
Many industries have experienced the serious effects of a challenging economy. The entertainment and arts industries are no different. In Atlanta, one group that brings together the best of the arts, entertainment and music, now finds its members embroiled in a dispute that may require management to review wage and hour laws, and consider what steps to take next as they seek to protect the interests of the business.
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.
For the most part, people do not intentionally take advantage of those that are too young or inexperienced to know better. However, everyone makes mistakes now and again. This may be the situation for a Georgia chain of restaurants that was found to have violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. Its wage and hour laws have deemed that the restaurant in question has violated various provisions.