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Papa John’s Franchisee Gets Jail Time

A wage violation is typically punished by fines and penalties, but this is not always the case. It is possible for a business owner to get jail time for not properly compensating their employees.

According to a recent news report, a New York business owner who owns nine Papa John’s franchises was sentenced to 60 days in jail, and must pay more than $500,000 in restitution for failing to pay wages under state law. This type of crime is usually a misdemeanor, however, the owner also pleaded guilty to falsifying business records which is a felony.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman added the following: “Wage theft is a crime and a Papa John’s franchisee is now going to jail for cheating his employees and trying to cover it up.”

The investigation showed that employees regularly worked more than 40 hours per week, but were not paid overtime. Instead, they were only being paid straight time.

To make matters worse, the business owner attempted a cover up by creating a fictitious employees and recording the overtime under those names.

The Wages and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

The Wages and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal act that regulates the wages and hours of employees.

A few reasons the FLSA is important include:

  • It establishes a minimum wage
  • Requires overtime for non-exempt employees
  • Prohibits forms of child labor
  • Prohibits unequal pay based on gender

Not Being Fairly Compensated? Contact Us.

If you believe that your employer has violated the law or failed to properly pay you your wages, our Virginia Employment Attorneys are here to help. Contact us to setup a consultation to discuss your situation. Call toll free 877-544-5323.

E&P Electrical Contracting Company of Norfolk, Virginia has been ordered by the U.S. Department of Labor to pay approximately $87,000 to several workers who were underpaid for their contribution to building a new school in the area.

Reports state that the Labor Department began an investigation into the company late last year, finding that the company violated wage laws for seven employees working on the project from November 2013 to November 2014.

The company classified the workers as general laborers, not electricians, to get around paying them a fair wage.

The company must now pay the employees unpaid wages and overtime.

Not Being Fairly Compensated?

If you believe that your employer has violated the law or failed to properly pay you your wages, our Virginia Employment Attorneys may be able to help. Contact us to discuss your situation 877-544-5323.