It is a common belief that people who work in nightclubs as exotic dancers make good wages. However, that is not always the case, and, behind the scenes, some of these woman in Texas and elsewhere are not being paid minimum wage. A woman in another state claims that is what happened to her, and she has filed a complaint to try to recover her lost wages.
Working in restaurants can be a very strenuous job that requires employees to heavily rely on tips received from customers to make a living. Without these tips, Texas servers are generally paid a very low rate per hour, which is well below the standard minimum wage. When workers are not doing tip-producing work, they expect to be paid at the standard minimum wage to compensate for the difference resulting from not earning tips. Some companies may not pay their servers appropriately, which may result in those servers missing out on overtime pay and suffering lost wages.
A group of employees who worked for a number of adult entertainment establishments in Texas are finally going to be receiving the wages they were denied. The clubs' owner denied the wage dispute allegations and claimed that the class of employees in question were exempt from sections of the Fair Labor Standards Act. According to the outcome of the lawsuit, the employees were actually non-exempt.
Choosing the right position is a big decision in a person's life. The way in which individuals are classified affects the benefits that they may receive, what expenses they have and the way in which they are paid. Many hard-working people in Texas are realizing that the jobs they are doing may not necessarily be that of independent contractors, as they may have previously thought. This is prompting many people to question whether a company is aware that it may have a misclassification of employees, and some are trying to have the issue corrected.
With the holiday season fast approaching, many employees working in retail will be working extra hours. Some of this extra time may result in additional money from overtime pay. Fortunately for Texas employees who are victims of illegal employment practices that prevent them from getting the overtime pay they are due, there is legal recourse, as illustrated in recent cases filed in another state.
In many businesses, working overtime may become necessary. Employees who are working those additional hours must be compensated according to federal and state labor laws. Texas workers who are illegally told to work off-the-clock and are not given the payment they have earned may fight back against their employer in an attempt to reclaim their lost wages.
Keeping accurate time-keeping records for employees is an integral part of being a respectable business. When there is additional work to be done, employees may be required to work overtime in excess of their standard hours and given a higher rate of pay. Some Texas employers may try to find a way to avoid paying overtime pay, resulting in a violation of labor laws.
As Texas readers are well aware, the battle for minimum wage increases has spread across the country. Many states have raised the minimum wage, but it is not yet clear if this also applies to tipped workers. Those in the service industry, including waiters and waitresses, have been making the same standard amount since 1991.
Texas waiters and waitresses work hard for their money. Many of them are conscientious about making sure that food orders are properly prepared, drinks are kept filled and their patrons are well taken care of. These same waiters and waitresses often work for a reduced minimum wage plus their tips. Thus, when something occurs that affects their tips, their livelihood is affected, and a wage dispute can erupt.
Most employees expect their employers to pay them properly for the work that they do. This includes any overtime pay that is paid in excess of the worker's standard hours. There are times, however, when employers may believe that they can get away with not paying their employees appropriately, believing that nothing will be voiced about the issue. This type of behavior was reported to have happened recently with a Houston company.