November 2015 Archives

Papa John's franchisee pays $230k for not providing overtime pay

Companies that violate labor laws are generally required to pay their workers what they were owed, but rarely do the violations result in someone serving jail time. The owner of nine Papa John's franchises outside of Texas and his company -- BMY Foods -- were accused of failing to provide overtime pay to its workers. The parent company -- Papa John's International Inc. -- was not named as a defendant in the case because the workers were employees of the franchise.

Resolving employment disputes in Texas

Texas workers often sign employment contracts that are complex and difficult to understand. Employment disputes sometimes arise when a worker believes that he or she has suffered from a hostile work environment or has faced some other legal issue that has impeded his or her ability to be productive in the workplace. Some situations necessitate legal intervention.

Buffalo Wild Wings accused of Fair Labor Standards Act violations

Many wing lovers in Texas may be familiar with the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant chain. The eatery has recently made headlines for alleged wage theft, including failure to provide overtime pay. Furthermore, the restaurant was allegedly making illegal deductions from the employees' pay as well as committing other violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. A former server for the restaurant has taken her complaint to court.

Have you suffered discrimination in the workplace in Texas?

Many Texas employees have been victimized by the unscrupulous behaviors of their employers. Discrimination comes in various forms and is sometimes so subtle that one does not, at first, recognize it. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in the workplace, it is good to know that there is legal help available should you choose to pursue a legal action in court.

Empleados Que presentan quejas sobre pago de horas extras están protegidos contra represalias

Los empleados que hacen denuncias a sus supervisores con respecto a la insuficiencia de su empleador a pagar una compensación de horas extras son generalmente protegidos de las represalias, incluyendo la terminación. La ley federal establece que es ilegal despedir o discriminar a un empleado porque el empleado ha presentado una denuncia, ya sea verbal o escrita, sobre pago de horas extras Sin embargo, no todas las quejas crearán protección bajo la ley de horas extras.

Workplace discrimination suit filed on behalf of cancer survivor

A leading manufacturer of industrial adhesives in Texas was named in a lawsuit filed by the Dallas branch of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The suit claims workplace discrimination against a former employee who had prostate cancer surgery. It is alleged that the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991.

Employees Who Make Complaints About Overtime Pay Are Protected From Retaliation

Employees who make complaints to their supervisors regarding their employer's failure to pay overtime compensation are generally protected from retaliation, including termination. Federal law makes it illegal to discharge or discriminate against an employee because the employee has filed a complaint, whether verbal or written, about overtime pay. However, not all complaints will create protection under the overtime law.

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