Two hotel companies in another state were recently ordered to pay back wages to some of their employees. A total of 14 employees were reportedly not paid for working over their scheduled 40 hours per week, and some were paid less than minimum wage. Sadly, wage violations are common and can occur anywhere and in any job field. Wisconsin residents who believe they are victims of wage violations can turn to an employment law attorney for help in seeking compensation for their losses.
According to a recent news report, both a Super 8 Hotel and a Ramada Inn reportedly paid housekeeping staff a flat rate per room cleaned, which came out to being less than federal minimum wage -- currently set at $7.25 an hour. These and other employees often worked more than 40 hours per week, but no overtime pay was offered them. These are both violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The employees took their case to court and the court sided with them. These two hotel chains have been ordered to pay over $74,000 in damages to the affected individuals. The hope in taking this action, other than looking for compensation, is that changes will be made and employees will be paid properly going forward.
When wage violations are occurring in one's place of work, taking a stand can be intimidating. At the end of the day, though, employees do have rights -- rights that their employers cannot ignore. If those rights are being ignored, sometimes, taking legal action is the only way to resolve the matter. Wisconsin residents who believe they are victims of wage violations can, like the employees in the story above, seek compensation and seek to hold their employers accountable for their actions. An experienced employment law attorney can review one's case and, if appropriate, file and litigate any applicable claims in court.
Source: mdjonline.com, "Two Marietta hotels pay almost $74K for back wages, damages", March 12, 2018