Bay Area residents may consider themselves fortunate to have found employment. In such uncertain economic times, finding a job can be a task in and of itself. When employees are so thankful to have a job, they may be afraid to speak up if they feel an employer has violated their rights. Fortunately, there are laws in place to protect employees, meant to prevent injustices such as wage and hour violations.
For many Bay Area employees, the prospect of keeping a full-time job can be stressful. People who are fortunate enough to have found steady employment in such uncertain economic times may not be aware that they are entitled to certain rights. An employee that suspects he or she is not being paid properly may worry that, if he or she complains, the employer will make trouble at work or fire him or her. Wage and hour violations continue to plague the American workforce, and the garment industry is no exception.
If you work a lot of overtime, you may be curious about how your overtime rate is calculated. Under both the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and California law, "nonexempt" employees are entitled to an overtime premium of 1-1/2 times their regular rate of pay whenever they work more than 40 hours in a given workweek. In California, most workers are also entitled to the overtime premium when they work more than 8 hours in a single day.
Many women in the workplace have known for a long time that they earn less than their male colleagues when doing comparable work. However, the statistic that is usually reported regarding the wage gap—that women make 80 cents to a male colleague’s dollar—is actually incorrect, according to a new study. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research reports that, over a long-term period of 15 years, women make half the pay that their male coworkers receive.
Tragically, wage theft is a common practice across many parts of America. For employees that rely on their paychecks to survive, it can have devastating effects.
Bay Area residents could likely point an inquiring visitor to a local nail salon with no trouble at all. Nail salons are a community staple and, for some customers, a weekly stop. Many of these establishments offer a variety of services, like manicures, pedicures, eyebrow shaping and more, all meant to make a customer feel their best. A shocking study has sadly revealed that for employees of such salons, wage and hour violations are rampant.
The University of Arizona pays male employees thousands of dollars more per year than female employees, according to a recent class action lawsuit. An associate professor at the university recently filed a $20 million lawsuit against the Arizona Board of Regents. However, Arizona is not the only school facing pay discrimination issues based on gender.
Six port truckers working for the trucking company, California Cartage Express, are alleging that their employer is violating minimum wage laws. According to the lawsuit, the workers claim that the company is not paying employees for at least one hour of work per day.
Most people in the Bay Area can likely recall their first job. Most remember the sense of pride and excitement that came from entering the workforce and beginning to learn to make their own living. One field that has become a magnet for teen workers is the fast food industry, specifically McDonald's, which is one of the largest chain restaurants in the world. A recent survey estimates that one in eight Americans has worked at a McDonald's at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, the industry is also prone to incidents of wage and hour violations.
The restaurant industry is one of the largest fields of employment in the Bay Area. Many would agree that working in the food service industry can be an exciting and prosperous experience. Unfortunately, working in a restaurant can leave an employee vulnerable to becoming the victim of wage and hour violations.