For individuals who work in the hospitality industry in Tennessee, they know how difficult it is to work in this field. Customers can be demanding, the hours are long and the work is hard. At the very least, they should be receiving fair pay for the hours they work, including overtime hours. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, as illustrated by wage-and-hour disputes in another state that resulted in a finding that a resort underpaid its workers by $46,000.
A closer look at what happened at this resort reveals that this employer violated federal labor laws more than 500 times. The resort also underpaid workers by tens of thousands of dollars, ultimately leading into an in-depth, years-long investigation into the company’s operations. The findings were troubling, including violations of laws that require record-keeping of workers who are under the age of 18.
The investigation also found that the resort did not pay minimum wage to workers, and it did not pay rightfully earned overtime to eligible employees. The company claims that it was not aware that it had to have accurate records on hand that proved how old workers were. The resort agreed to pay $46,922.45 to workers as mandated by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Underpaying workers is a valid reason to engage in wage-and-hour disputes. If a Tennessee employee believes that he or she is a victim of unfair pay practices or violations of labor laws, it may be helpful to speak with an experienced attorney regarding the legal options available. With the appropriate action, it may be possible to secure what is owned from the employer.