While the idea of working overtime might not be appealing to everyone, some workers may jump at the opportunity to bring in additional income. Individuals in Michigan who work overtime shifts may expect to receive the appropriate time and a half pay for these hours, but what happens if companies fail to adhere to similar wage and hour regulations? A restaurant chain in another state was ordered to pay nearly $470,000 in damages and back pay following an investigation into wage and hour violations, including unpaid overtime.
Wage and hour violations
Reports indicate that the U.S. Department of Labor uncovered numerous violations while investigating claims of wage and hour violations at the restaurant chain known as Crepevine. The company stands accused of failing to pay the appropriate wages to workers for overtime shifts. The investigation also states that the company would require workers to take on shifts at different locations and would not combine their work hours for each location.
The company was also cited for attempting to pay workers in cash for overtime hours and for failing to provide the appropriate wage increases required during overtime shifts. Investigators also cited the company for failing to maintain payroll records for these cash payments. The U.S. Department of Labor also ordered Crepevine to pay more than $80,000 in fines for wage and hour violations regarding minor workers.
While there are laws that protect workers against wage and hour violations such as unpaid overtime, this might not always be enough to keep similar issues at bay. Individuals in Michigan who encounter such unlawful behavior and remain uncertain of how best to protect their interests might find it helpful to consult with an attorney for advice in addressing their situations. An attorney can assist a client in preparing to take the necessary steps to protect his or her interests and pursue the restitution entitled via the appropriate outlets.