Tennessee employees deserve payment for hours worked, and eligible employees deserve appropriate overtime pay for anytime they work over their normal 40-hour workweek. When a company engages in unfair pay practices and fails to pay workers what they deserve, it may result in wage and hour disputes. One company recently paid employees a settlement to cover lost wages and unpaid overtime.
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.
Employers are responsible for paying workers fairly. This means properly classifying them properly and paying for overtime hours worked. Some Tennessee employers engage in unfair pay practices, and employees end up with less money than they've rightfully earned. Wage and hour disputes can be complicated, and underpaid employees may have to resort to legal action in order to secure fair compensation.
One well-known music studio in Tennessee is facing allegations of illegal business practices. Blackbird Studios, run by country singer Martina McBride and her husband, is dealing with a lawsuit filed by a former employee for mistreatment of unpaid interns, illegal firing practices and other employment matters. Wage and hour disputes, illegal termination and questionable business practices can be grounds for employees to take legal action against employers.
School employees sometimes work odd hours and have nontraditional schedules as their work may depend on when school is session. Some types of school district employees might find it necessary to engage in wage and hour disputes when they learn they are not receiving fair pay for hours worked. Recently, a former school district employee filed a lawsuit for unpaid overtime, and she was successful in her efforts.
Tennessee employees have the right to expect fair pay for the hours they work. This means all of the time they are technically on the clock, including time spent going through company security measures. Apple employees recently initiated wage and hour disputes against their employer for failing to pay them for time spent going through bag checks, which was a required security measure for all company employees.
Tennessee employees have the right to expect fair pay for the hours they work, including overtime hours. One firefighter in another state did not receive appropriate pay for overtime hours, and he took legal action to fight back, ultimately securing a settlement of $560,000. Workers have the right to pursue wage and hour disputes in order to claim what they are rightfully owed.
Because of the way many Tennessee restaurants and food service establishments pay workers, it is easy for employers to skirt around certain laws regarding fair pay. Restaurants are often at the center of wage and hour disputes because of unpaid overtime and other pay discrepancies, even if these actions are unintentional. Recently in another state, employees of a popular Tex-Mex restaurant, Chuy's, won a settlement over unpaid overtime and other damages.
No matter what type of job a person has, he or she has the right to seek fair pay for hours worked. A Tennessee employer's failure to do this is not only unfair treatment toward employees, it is also against the law. Many employees are eligible for overtime pay, but employers may only pay them a flat rate for all hours worked. An underpaid or unfairly treated employee has the right to engage in wage and hour disputes in order to secure their rightful pay.
Tennessee employers are responsible for paying their employees fairly and following employment laws pertaining to minimum wage and overtime. When they do not do these things, employees may find it necessary to take legal action against the people who employ them. With a new federal overtime rule going into effect soon, it's possible employers could be subjected to more wage and hour disputes this coming year.