Those who work for minimum wage rely on every dollar to make ends meet. Therefore, when an employer refuses to issue rightfully earned pay, the employees affected may find themselves involved in a payment dispute case. California residents who believe they have not been justly compensated for hours worked can seek assistance in finding a remedy.
Recently, several hundred workers in one state won their cases against two separate chain restaurants located in their state. The first involved slightly more than 1,000 workers who were awarded back pay for wages they were denied over a two and a half year period. The chain, which is described as a grill house and sports bar, was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $750,000 in both back wages and damages that employees sustained when unauthorized deductions were made from their paychecks. Those deductions caused them to earn less than the minimum wage. In some cases, employees also worked in excess of 60 hours a week for which they were denied overtime pay.
In the other, more recent case, a lawsuit filed against the Primanti Bros. chain was settled in court in favor of more than 900 current and former employees who were denied minimum wages. These employees, who held tip-reliant positions in the restaurant, claimed that the owners did not ensure that workers received the state-mandated minimum of $7.25 per hour. The chain was ordered to pay affected employees a total of $2.1 million for violating the wage laws in Pennsylvania.
The Department of Labor re-iterated, after announcing the outcomes of these payment dispute cases, that all employees are entitled to receive the wages they have earned according to state laws. Any California worker who has been denied fair or just compensation for the hours they have worked are entitled to seek just compensation. An attorney who has a thorough knowledge of the state's labor laws can provide valuable assistance in successfully filing these types of claims.
Source: triblive.com, "Harrisburg restaurant chain to pay $750K for wage violations", Matthew Medsger, April 27, 2018