Low-Wage Workers Are Robbed More Than Banks, Gas Stations And Convenience Stores Combined

“Low-wage workers are robbed far more often than banks, gas stations and convenience stores combined — and the perpetrators are their own employers.

“That’s because many employers don’t abide by minimum wage laws or pay overtime, according to a study, released on Thursday by the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank.”

“And low-wage workers most likely cannot pay a lawyer to sue their employer for the wages that are rightfully theirs, EPI Vice President Ross Eisenbrey said in an interview with The Huffington Post. A fast-food worker shorted, say, $300 isn’t going to find a lawyer who thinks such a small amount of wages is worth his or her time.”

Read the full story at the Huffington Post here. Volunteer with the Wage Claim Clinic to help workers get their wages back!

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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.