In an interesting development to a Jimmy John's wage and hour lawsuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit overturned a lower court's decision to block a number of lawsuits going forward against Jimmy John's for inaccurately classifying a number of assistant store managers incorrectly, leading to them being exempt from state and federal wage and hour laws.
As we have talked about numerous times on this blog, every employee has rights. Even if they are an "at-will" employee, the individual has rights that protect them from predatory, discriminatory, or otherwise illegal activity on the part of the employer. Along these lines, today we want to talk about the Fair Labor Standards Act, an important law that governs how employees need to be treated.
Amazon is facing another lawsuit that alleges wage and hour violations after a worker claimed that his employers at the Sacramento shipping center scheduled workers for 10 hour shifts without paying them overtime and without offering a third break for rest. According to the lawsuit, Amazon is responsible for lost wages and compensation given that they don't offer their workers just compensation for the time they were working.
Workers at a resort in California have filed a lawsuit against their employers on the grounds that they are violating labor and pay laws. Two current employees at the Terranea Resort have sued their employers because they are forced to arrive to work early in order to park their car at a remote parking lot 30 minutes from the resort. A bus then picks them up and takes them to work, where they have to wait another 15 minutes to get their uniforms from a distributor.
In our last post, we talked about Harvey Weinstein and the despicable sexual harassment he levied onto women in the film industry. In the post before that, we talked about wrongful termination and how the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Whole Foods for a seemingly-illegal firing. And the post before that, we discussed a discriminatory pay policy at Google that has led to a class action lawsuit by numerous women.
In general, when it comes to your workplace, you should assume that you have less privacy rights than you would in your own home. This much should be obvious. But there are ways where this idea is trickier than others. So let's take a look at the rights you have as an employee when it comes to privacy.
While the following story is happening on the opposite coast of us, it still brings important information regarding employers and their actions when it comes to paying workers for the time they worked.
Imagine for a moment that you work for a fast food restaurant, and you are walking out the door to get to your place of work and clock in. A few minutes into your commute, you get a call from your boss: "You don't have to come in today, business is slow." Some people may celebrate not having to go to work; but others want to work and need the money. Surprising changes to their schedule like this are unwelcome.
While the following story didn't occur here in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, it still could have happened practically anywhere. It involves servers at a brewery not being paid what they are owed, and the fight they had to take to the brewery in civil court in order to get what they deserved.
A former employee at a Nevada casino resort won a crucial battle in her lawsuit against her former employer. The woman sued Grand Sierra Resort & Casino under wage & hour violations, and she says that she was then barred from returning to the premises after the lawsuit was filed. So how does this simple disagreement mark a major win for the plaintiff?