WORKING EXTRA DURING MARDI GRAS? PROTECT YOURSELF & YOUR WAGES

 

ATTENTION: SERVICE WORKERS & RESTAURANT & HOSPITALITY WORKERS

You are working hard so that WE can make the most of Mardi Gras.

Make sure you are getting paid everything you earn.

HAVE YOU HAD WORK or WAGE ISSUES?

  • HAVE YOU BEEN PAID ALL WAGES EARNED, INCLUDING ANY TIPS?
  • DID YOU GET PAID OVERTIME WHEN YOU WORKED OVER 40 HOURS/WEEK?
  • WERE YOU CHARGED SERVICE CHARGES, UNIFORM, OR BREAKAGE FEES?
  • HAVE YOU BEEN REQUIRED TO DO BOTH TIPPED AND NON-TIPPED WORK?
  • HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED SEXUAL HARASSMENT ON THE JOB, OR BEEN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BECAUSE OF YOUR RACE OR GENDER?

PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR WAGES:

  • KNOW YOUR EMPLOYER & TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
  • KEEP TRACK OF ALL HOURS WORKED
  • DOWNLOAD A FREE TIMESHEET APP @ DOL-TIMESHEET (iTunes)

QUESTIONS? NEED HELP? CONTACT THE WAGE CLAIM CLINIC HOTLINE (504) 861-5571

NEW ORLEANS HOSPITALITY WORKER COMMITTEE (504) 657-3171

RESTAURANT OPPORTUNITIES CENTER (504) 529-5654

Holiday wish: happy days for workers

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Holiday shopping marks a make-or-break season for many retailers. Many seasonal and regular workers put in additional time to keep the festivities festive for consumers. Most employers join in the holiday spirit, by hiring extra workers, following all wage and hour rules, and helping workers enjoy a happy holiday season. Some workers, however, will receive the proverbial coal, as a result of employers’ inadvertent, or intentional, failure to pay all wages.

The U.S. Department of Labor has tips for workers and employers to make sure the holidays are happy for all.

 

Amazon Wage Theft Ruling by Supreme Court

“Retail warehouses don’t have to pay workers for the time they spend in security screenings to make sure they’re not stealing, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a unanimous decision that reverses a lower court’s finding that workers must be paid for that time.”

“The decision was a big loss for workers challenging the security checks, which are common among retailers. According to a brief filed by the agency, there have been 13 class-action lawsuits against Amazon and other companies involving more than 400,000 plaintiffs and seeking hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Read more on the case here and here.

Where To Shop To Support Workers This Black Friday

About one in four American workers will have to go to work this year on a holiday, be it Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Day. Given that no American worker gets the guarantee that they can take a paid holiday off, their options are limited. Employees at Kmart and Target even tell ThinkProgress that they aren’t allowed to ask for holidays off and face being fired if they don’t come in.

CREDIT: ADAM PECK/THINKPROGRESS

CREDIT: ADAM PECK/ THINKPROGRESS

But consumers have options about whether or not to support stores that open. While 12 brands have decided to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day, requiring millions of workers to miss out on time with friends and family, 18 others have decided to stay closed. Follow this link to read more from Think Progress.

Holiday shopping season kicks off with temp workers who have no rights

Amazon’s recruitment of 80,000 temporary workers is a symptom of America’s culture of the low-paid seasonal worker. As Americans prepare for holiday shopping, hundreds of thousands of temporary workers around the country are counting on two months of long hours and few rights in warehouses or checkout lines, in what has become the norm for seasonal workers in the country. 

Workers at Amazon have 10-12 hour shifts, which keep them on their feet and walking 5-10 miles a day with two timed 15-minute breaks besides a 30-minute lunch break. While staffing agency advertisements promise “up to $14 an hour”, Amazon pays its workers an average rate of $11 an hour. Workers also have to spend nearly 30 minutes every day queueing for the post-shift security check, in place to ensure no items from Amazon’s inventory have been stolen. Amazon does not pay employees for this time.

Jeff Bezos’ Amazon pays $9 to $14 an hour for services that are a little more strenuous than pictured here. Photograph: Rex Rystedt/Time & Life Pictures/Getty

Jeff Bezos’ Amazon pays $9 to $14 an hour for services that are a little more strenuous than pictured here. Photograph: Rex Rystedt/Time & Life Pictures/Getty

The US has developed an environment where workers can’t expect many protections, says labour economist Mark Price. He says the current situation has been 30 years in the making. The rights of workers are not high priority when the labor market freely offers surplus temps. Seasonal workers are considered dispensable and replaceable. But Price points that the problem may be larger. 

“It’s part of American culture,” concedes Price disappointedly, referring to generations of managers taught to disregard the needs of individual workers, temporary or full-time.

Read more from The Guardian here