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

Hotel housekeepers make the beds but still can’t afford to lie in them

This week marks the beginning of summer—family reunions, barbeques, and beach vacations— for those who can afford it. Those who can’t include hotel housekeepers, who like many U.S. workers over the past three decades have seen the standard features of a middle-class lifestyle grow even farther out of reach while productivity has more than doubled. …

via Hotel housekeepers make the beds but still can’t afford to lie in them.

Tipped subminimum wage leads to more sexual harassment

“Workers who rely on tips to make a living experience twice as much sexual harassment as those earning minimum wage. Laws that allow employers to pay tipped workers below the minimum wage lead to increased sexual harassment in the workplace, according to a new report, which shows that female restaurant workers who virtually live off tips are in a ‘uniquely vulnerable position.’

Help Wanted: Sexual Harassment and the Restaurant Industry

Help Wanted: Sexual Harassment and the Restaurant Industry 

Glass floor, a term coined by ROC (Restaurant Opportunities Commission), refers to a system that exacerbates the already poor job security of low-wage workers by layering on a sexualized atmosphere. If workers feel expendable at their workplace, they are more likely to ignore sexual harassment, the report said. Researchers found that tipped workers in states where subminimum wage is permissible are three times as likely to be told to wear sexier or more revealing clothing than those where such payment practices are barred. The United States is the only industrialized democracy that has a two-tiered minimum wage.” Read more here.  

The Minimum Wage Loophole for Waiters and Waitresses

“As it stands, only seven states require employers to pay tipped workers the same minimum wage as nontipped workers. The federal minimum wage for the latter is $7.25, but the federal minimum wage for tipped workers has remained stagnate at $2.13 since 1991, with no adjustment for inflation. Employers are supposed to make up the difference if tipped workers aren’t earning the regular minimum wage through their tips, but it doesn’t always happen. The Economic Policy Institute found in 2011 that tipped workers are more than twice as likely as other workers to fall under the federal poverty line.

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“The Minimum Wage Fairness Act, which Obama endorsed, would have gradually raised tipped workers’ minimum wage to 70 percent of the regular minimum wage. But the bill has faced steep opposition from Republicans and the restaurant lobby. According to Open Secrets, the National Restaurant Association, which opposed the minimum-wage hike, spent more than $2.2 million on lobbying last year.”

Read more here

Restaurant Industry Pay: Taxpayers’ Double Burden

“New report shows that while restaurant executives are fighting living wages for their workers, they’re also benefiting from tax subsidies for their own pay. Major restaurant chains have come under increasing criticism for paying workers so little that they need to rely on public assistance. What’s less well known is that taxpayers are also subsidizing these corporations’ executive compensation.”

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Find the full report here.

 

Sports Bar Chain Agrees to Pay $6.8 Million for Violating Wage Laws

“A popular chain of sports bars based in Philadelphia has agreed to pay $6.8 million in back wages and damages for improperly taking tips from waiters and bartenders and for violating minimum wage and overtime laws, the Labor Department announced Thursday.

“The department said that Chickie’s & Pete’s, which has nine sports bars in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, illegally underpaid and took a percentage of tips from 1,159 servers.”

Read the full story on the NYTimes website here.

Do you work for tips? Is your employer paying you correctly? If you aren’t sure, visit the Department of Labor website here or call the Workplace Justice Project at 504-861-5571.