Restaurant Workers’ Rights to Minimum Wage Pay
Of all the protections provided to workers in the United States, one of the most essential is the guarantee of a minimum wage for services rendered or work completed. Unfortunately, far too many workers are consistently denied the compensation they deserve and are legally entitled to. This is particularly true in the restaurant industry, in which employees are regularly denied minimum wage pay through a variety of practices, such as tip credits and tip pooling.
Restaurant employees, particularly bartenders and waiters or waitresses, are legally entitled to receive minimum wage, even if they receive it through means other than a regular hourly salary, such as through tipping. As such, when employers utilize practices that prevent these employees from receiving the minimum amount of pay which they are due, they can and should be held legally accountable for this unfair treatment.
Minimum Wage Violations
There are several different ways in which restaurant workers may be unfairly denied the minimum wage that they are guaranteed. These can include:
- Tip pooling systems
- Tip credit problems
These and other issues relating to work in the restaurant industry can lead to workers being paid far less than they deserve and are owed according to state and federal regulations.
Employers who pay their employees less than the minimum wage need to be held accountable for their illegal behavior. If you are a restaurant worker who has been denied minimum wage pay, call Jason Knutson at 608-255-6663 to speak with a qualified legal professional about your legal rights and options in this situation. Our attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. believe in fighting for those employees who are being unfairly treated by their employers and may be able to help you.