When a Tennessee worker does not get the full amount of money he or she deserves from an employer, it is grounds to move forward with a civil claim. Unpaid wages are grounds for wage and hour disputes, particularly when an employer does not properly classify workers or fails to pay rightful overtime wages. Restaurant workers at a Golden Corral in another state recently filed a lawsuit because the employer did not pay them enough.
In the lawsuit, the workers claim their employer did not pay them enough, including failing to pay minimum wage and overtime for a period of two years. If these allegations are true, it is a direct violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which is a federal law guaranteeing fair pay to certain classifications of workers. The claimants are seeking damages amounting to nearly $49,000.
At this point, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. For a restaurant worker, the employer has to pay an amount of $2.13 per hour, the rest to be made up in tips left by customers. If tips do not bring the hourly average up to the federal minimum wage, the employer is obligated to make up the difference.
A lawsuit is a reasonable course of action for those who do not get fair pay from their Tennessee employers. This may be the most effective way to secure back pay and other damages. Employees do not have to stay silent if they suspect unfair pay practices, but they can engage in wage and hour disputes to get the full amount they deserve.