Workers who are employed in the restaurant industry are, like all other employees in the United States, entitled to receive a minimum wage for the services which they perform. However, the payment system which many restaurants across the country utilize to compensate their restaurant employees for their work all too often allows restaurant employers to deny workers their fair and hard earned wages. As a result, far too many restaurant workers receive less than this minimum wage. In these circumstances, restaurant workers may be entitled to take legal action in an attempt to obtain compensation for the pay they have been unjustly denied.
Unfortunately, the nature of payment systems in restaurants, where employees are often paid a small minimum wage based on the assumption that a worker will make the rest in tips, easily allows for employers to mistreatment their employees. There are several different ways in which restaurant workers are typically denied the minimum wage to which they are entitled, including:
If any of these factors has led to you being paid less than the minimum wage, you may be entitled to take legal action for your financial losses.
Although restaurant employers are allowed to pay an actual wage that is below the mandated minimum wage, they must make up for this discrepancy through a tipping system. If an employer fails to do this and an employee is not making at least minimum wage or they are being denied rightfully earned overtime, a restaurant employee may be able to take legal action. At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, our lawyers are prepared to help any employee in such a situation. Call Jason Knutson at 608-255-6663 to discuss your situation and legal options if you have been unfairly compensated.