The potential for wage and hour disputes for restaurant workers

People who work in restaurants often have to rely on tips as a main share of their income. Servers know this about their jobs, but that does not mean that they are not entitled to fair treatment from their employers. Unfortunately, investigations find that many employers, including those in Tennessee, may try to underpay their servers, which can lead to wage and hour disputes.

Investigations into the restaurant industry have found that many servers do not get fair pay. There is even an example of restaurants that crafted schemes with the intent of keeping servers from getting overtime pay after they worked 40 hours or more. When employers willfully deprive employees of any kind of their rightfully earned wages, workers have the right to take legal action. They can seek back pay, and employers may have to pay expensive fines.

Restaurant workers are particularly vulnerable to wage theft by employers. This is because they get paid a base amount per hour, supplemented by tips. Through various practices, it is possible for an employer to skim off the amount owed to a server. Even if a person owns a restaurant, he or she does not have the right to pay an employee less than minimum wage.

Wage and hour disputes are complicated. Tennessee workers may be unsure of where to begin or how they can move forward in a way that allows them to secure rightful pay. Seeking an evaluation of the individual case can help a person see if he or she has grounds to move forward with legal action against his or her employer. 

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