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Protests and lawsuits result from wage theft

On Behalf of | Apr 23, 2019 | Wage & Hour Claims

While money may not be the most important thing in many people lives, it is still important in many ways. After all, receiving pay is the reason that many New York residents go to work each day. As a result, when employers commit wage theft, employees can suffer significant setbacks.

It was recently reported that this type of theft has become the concern of employees at multiple restaurants in another state. A workers’ rights group staged a protest in their area due to the abundance of wage theft that reportedly occurs at local restaurants. A community organizer with the group stated that employers fail to properly compensate workers by not paying minimum wage, classifying workers as salaried instead of hourly to avoid overtime pay, making employees work off the clock, taking tips and not providing paychecks at all.

One worker stated that he would work 40 to 80 hours a week and would not receive overtime pay. Some of the other affected workers had filed legal claims for wage theft, and though the judge ruled in their favor, the restaurant owners still had not provided the unpaid wages. Additional legal claims, including a class action lawsuit, have also been filed.

Wage theft is a serious matter that can cause harm in many ways. If New York workers believe that they are not being justly compensated for the services they provide, they may have questions about wage and hour violations. If so, they may find it useful to consult with experienced employment law attorneys about their concerns in order to gain reliable information.