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There is an emerging trend among sushi restaurants across the United States. Many employees at sushi restaurants are not getting paid their rightfully earned wages. Unpaid wage violations happen when restaurant owners don’t follow minimum wage, overtime wage, and tip credit laws. Not paying employees in accordance with these laws is illegal. Employees who have not been paid their rightful earnings can take legal action to recover their wages from restaurant owners. Learn about the various wage violations below.
Numerous states, including New York, are raising their minimum wage effective on July 1, 2019. Click here to see the new policies for over 20 states beginning this July or later, including New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, California, and Washington.
Minimum wage violations were one of the most popular claims made against employers in just the past six months. Underpayment is particularly prevalent in the restaurant industry. According to the New York City Health Department, about one-quarter of restaurant
Did you know that government contractors (construction workers, IT workers, electricians, etc.) involved in public works get a different minimum wage? Learn about the prevailing wage above and see if you qualify! Contact us if you have any questions.
Adidas sponsors many black athletes. Additionally, the athletic brand has had campaigns with several high profile black celebrities, such as Beyonce and Kanye West. However, less than 4.5% of employees at Adidas’ North American headquarters are black. Recently, the few black employees at this headquarters have come forward with discrimination claims. Interviews with over 20 black employees and former employees reveal that the predominantly white corporate leadership is struggling with issues of race in the workplace. Considering that many Adidas
Five anchorwomen and reporters are suing News NY1, one of the country’s leading local news channels, for alleged gender and age discrimination. They claim that their managers routinely pushed them aside to make room for younger workers with less experience. In contrast, NY1 would celebrate older male anchors like Pat Kiernan. The plaintiffs are Roma Torre, Kristen Shaughnessy, Jeanine Ramirez, Vivian Lee, and Amanda Farinacci, all of whom are between the ages of 41 and 60. Employment attorney Douglas Wigdor
Listed above are just a few of the many differences between employees and independent contractors. Make sure you are in compliance by speaking with one of our top-rated employment attorneys today!
On June 12th, the seventh circuit court ruled that obesity alone does not qualify for workplace accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA legally requires employers to reasonably accommodate employees with documented disabilities. However, obesity alone, without evidence of another physiological disorder related to weight gain, will not be a protected disability under the ADA. Therefore, employers are not required to reasonably accommodate obese employees without additional disorders who struggle to perform their jobs due to weight.
One M.T.A. worker at the Long Island Rail Road has won $461,646—more than the combined salaries of Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio. This employee worked roughly 74 hours of overtime every week in addition to his usual 40 hours. After his lawyers proved that he never got paid any overtime wages (time and a half of a person’s usual hourly rate), he won $461,646 in court. The M.T.A. operates New York City’s subways and buses, in addition to the