Restaurant owners in Roanoke have been ordered to pay $3 million to workers they allegedly cheated out of overtime pay and tips. The three owners oversaw six Mexican restaurants and 149 past and present employees. Workers say during the period between 2012 and 2015, servers were paid only in tips and not compensated for overtime work. Cooks and dishwashers who worked overtime were also not paid the one and a half times their hourly wage owed to them for working more than 40 hours in a week.
While it is not clear how much each worker will get from the suit, the owners of the company did agree to work out a payment plan. They also agreed to comply with laws surround tips, minimum wage and overtime.
We congratulate the workers on their success in court. There are likely countless other employees in similar circumstances who feel they have no recourse for their company’s mistreatment. A Virginia employment lawyer can help workers who are taken advantage of by their employers and ensure they are compensated for their hard work.
The laws surrounding overtime, minimum wage and tips can be confusing for some people, but that is never an excuse to pay employees less than what they deserve. Putting in a hard day of work and coming home to provide for your family is the epitome of the American dream. Greedy business owners make it hard for employees to succeed when they cheat the system.
If you feel you have been taken advantage of by your employer, call our office today.
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