Fighting on behalf of workers who have been denied their hourly wages is part of our legal practice at Serrins Fisher LLP. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act and New York state labor law govern wage requirements for private and public sector workers, including restaurant employees who can be paid less than the state or federal minimum wage. An attorney with experience in this area of law can help protect your rights if you have been wronged by an employer.
Service-industry workers in New York will be interested to hear of a wage and hour claim that was recently filed against the owner of a number of Papa John's franchises in Manhattan.
Specifically, the lawsuit says that deliver workers were significantly underpaid for the number of hours worked, and the employees were required to purchase their own safety gear and bicycles. Some of the delivery workers were also paid $5 an hour -- well under the current federal minimum of $7.25 -- and denied overtime compensation, according to the lawsuit.
The alleged violations were reportedly investigated for a year.
The lawsuit is seeking $2 million in damages, and half of that money would go toward restitution for as many as 400 employees.
An article in Reuters has more on the case.
Fast-food restaurants continue to be at the center of many wage and hour disputes, and workers in this industry should keep fighting for a living wage. To learn more about your rights as an employee, please visit our New York employment law website.