When people go to the movies, they typically take for granted all the hard work being done behind the scenes by the janitors to keep the theaters clean. It appears that, in some cases, the cleaning companies and the theater owners also take the hard work for granted. A group of janitors who worked for a company that cleans for the Texas-based movie giant Cinemark allege that they are the victims of several wage and hour violations, resulting in them going forward with a lawsuit.
Being a model may seem like a glamorous job, but, behind the scenes, it seems to be a different story. Many models in Texas and across the country may be dealing with the same issues as Nekesha McCary. She claims she is owed back wages because she was inappropriately classified as an independent contractor instead of as an employee.
To provide for their families, many employees work in restaurants as servers. These workers acknowledge that they will be paid a lower wage per hour, but they will also receive money in tips. If Texas workers are performing duties that do not allow them to earn tips, but they are still paid the same low server wage, the company may be in violation of wage and hour laws and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
When a company’s failure to pay wages earned and due affect more than one employee, it can cause disruption in the workplace and leave staff with feelings of mistrust. Recently, multiple dancers from a Texas club made the decision to pursue a lawsuit against their place of work. They believe they are owed compensation from their employer’s failure to pay wages earned and due.
Some employees may lack the confidence or desire to confront their place of business when their wages do not match their hours worked for many reasons. However, failure to pay minimum wage is illegal in many places and has a negative effect on the company and employees involved. Recently, a Texas restaurant was ordered to provide $800,000 in restitution for failure to pay minimum wage to employees.
Subway is a national chain sandwich restaurant with many franchise locations in Texas. Reports indicate that, for over a decade, Subway restaurants have violated wage and hour laws through inadequate compensation to their employees. Minimum wage workers that are financially injured by an employer's disregard of wage and hour laws may suffer significantly.
A company's failure to pay minimum wage can financially damage an employee and leave them confused and angry. A Texas worker in the restaurant industry may be confused by their own hourly pay and tip combination and can seek help in understanding their rights. Recently, Buffalo Wild Wings was accused of the failure to pay minimum wage to its waitstaff and is facing a lawsuit.
Texas readers may be familiar with the nationwide protests by McDonald's employees claiming that the fast food chain violated wage and hour laws. The protests have shifted to claiming that the restaurant has denied workers earned wages from overtime. If these claims are true, the popular hamburger restaurant would be considered in violation of wage and hour laws.
A section of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) enables certain employers to acquire specialized minimum wage certificates which enable them to pay disabled workers below the minimum wage with no limit to how low they go. The FLSA, which was passed in 1938, still provides a great service and a means of protection for workers in The United States, but that section of the law -- Section 14 (c) -- enabled one organization to pay disabled workers in Texas hourly wages that were less than 10 cents per hour. This was in 2011, not the 1930s.
A Houston area Chinese restaurant was ordered to pay its cooks back pay totaling $106,573 after labor law violations were discovered. According to a recent news release, the restaurant only paid its cooks a set salary without regard to the actual number of hours worked. The long hours worked resulted in wages that came out to less than the Texas minimum wage amount of $7.25. The release noted that employees at the restaurant normally worked up to 66 hours per week.