Fire that employee for complaining about wages at your own peril revisited

I read an article about a cocktail waitress who was fired for “not getting along with management” because she complained in an employee meeting about uniforms, the cold temperature, a lack of benefits, and reduced pay for special events. Management must have thought she was a pain, so they fired her two days later. That …

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Did you know you can get sued for emotional distress under the FLSA?

We probably all know that, as an employer, you can get sued for back wages, unpaid overtime, and misclassification under the Fair Labor Standards Act, but did you know those suits can also claim emotional distress? Let me explain. The situation The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard a case where an employee and his …

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From the Archive: Wage and Hour lawsuits are on the rise and costly

With the changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act due at anytime now, I thought while I was away this week I would rerun this post.  If you have had the misfortune to be at home during the week and you watched daytime television you have seen the many commercials for attorneys advertising their services. …

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Wage and hour violations not only costly they can lead to jail as well

On December 2nd I wrote about the rise in the number of wage and hour lawsuits and the rising cause of settling those suits. Now we have a story of a wage and hour violations leading to jail time for the business owner. Improper dough According to a report by Josh Cline of McAfee &Taft …

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Wage and Hour lawsuits are on the rise and costly

If you have had the misfortune to be at home during the week and you watched daytime television you have seen the many commercials for attorneys advertising their services. Mixed in with the car wrecks and workers’ comp commercials are now a good many ads for overtime or wage loss. Along with the press coverage …

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Ignoring the FLSA: Another case of Stupid HR

Companies often make mistakes in complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) not intentionally, but by mistake. As my friend Jon Hyman has stated in the past “Most employers don’t make mistakes of commission, but rather mistakes of omission.” This is a great quote, and in my experience is generally correct. Occasionally, however, you …

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