There are times when an employee makes a startling discovery about his or her company. They learn that the company has been using illegal tactics or have been skirting the law in some way to defraud partners, employees, customers, or other groups of people. It can be difficult in some cases for outside regulatory agencies to know the full picture without having some help -- and this is where that employee comes in, ready to blow the whistle on their employer.
Imagine that you walk into your office one day and your manager is waiting at your desk. He or she tells you to come to their office to discuss an important matter. It is there that you learn you are being laid off or terminated, and as a result you will no longer be working for the company. Of course, you have put in plenty of hours since your last paycheck, and after the shock of the day wears off, you start to wonder: what about those hours I worked? When will I get my next paycheck?
For today's wage and hour story, we leave the area of Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the considerably colder confines of Buffalo, New York, where a restaurant in the Lake Erie city has been accused by six former employees of a number of violations that infringed upon their rights and violated a law created in 1999.
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.