What is Wage Theft?


Wage Theft remains a serious problem in the United States. The majority of wage theft violations are due to businesses failing to pay minimum wage. Other examples of wage theft include employees who have their tips stolen, those who work “under the table” or off the books, and employees who are forced to clock out … Continue reading What is Wage Theft?

Department Manager Sues for Unpaid Overtime


A former Urban Outfitters department manager recently filed a lawsuit against the retail clothing company for violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The plaintiff seeks unpaid overtime wages resulting from the store misclassifying her as “exempt” from federal overtime laws. Under the FLSA, non-exempt employees are entitled to overtime pay, while exempt employees … Continue reading Department Manager Sues for Unpaid Overtime

Pizza Chain Owes


A pizza restaurant chain in Manchester, Connecticut was held liable for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). An investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that the pizza restaurant chain had violated the FLSA’s minimum wage, overtime, and record-keeping requirements between February 2013 and November 2015. The restaurant … Continue reading Pizza Chain Owes

Baklava Not Creative?


A Brooklyn federal judge has ruled that baklava chefs’ jobs were not “creative” to meet the Fair Labor Standards Act’s creative professional exemption from overtime pay. The judge held that this exemption requires “innovation and imagination,” not the “consistency and precision” displayed by the Turkish baklava and baked goods chefs when making their tasty treats. … Continue reading Baklava Not Creative?

Virtual Workers and Economic Reality: Independent business owners file FLSA collective action for unpaid wages


Call center service provider Great VirtualWorks is facing a collective action complaint for violations of the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) and minimum wage/overtime laws of Kentucky and Pennsylvania. The case alleges that Great VirtualWorks misclassified its “independent business owners” as independent contractors, rather than employees. Great VirtualWorks is a corporation headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida … Continue reading Virtual Workers and Economic Reality: Independent business owners file FLSA collective action for unpaid wages

Suit filed on behalf of home health aide for failure to compensate for “sleep time.”


On August 2, 2017, the law firm of Barkan Meizlish, LLP filed a Complaint against Defendants Serenity Homes LV, LLC (“Serenity Homes”), and its manager, Valerie Kaleal, for the failure to properly compensate an employee in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the Ohio Minimum Fair Wage Standards Act. Serenity Homes is … Continue reading Suit filed on behalf of home health aide for failure to compensate for “sleep time.”

Oil & Gas: Long, long days deserve fair pay, including overtime calculated the lawful way.


Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that it is finding “unacceptably high numbers of [wage and hour] violations in the oil and gas industry,” and “pattern of industry employers failing to pay workers legally required overtime.”[1] Common violations include: the mistaken classification of salaried employees as exempt;[2] not properly calculating employees’ regular … Continue reading Oil & Gas: Long, long days deserve fair pay, including overtime calculated the lawful way.