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Wage & Hour Laws Archives

LinkedIn to pay damages and compensation for unpaid wages

Some current and former employees of LinkedIn will be receiving a payout from the company for unpaid wages and damages. LinkedIn is going to pay almost $6 million to employees spread across four states, including New York, California, Illinois and Nebraska. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, LinkedIn's illegal employment activity affected 359 employees. The payments that will be made to these employees include $3.35 million in overtime back wages and $2.51 million in damages.

Manhattan chef sues chic hotel for alleged FMLA violation

A worker should not have to choose between caring for a family member who is suffering from a serious medical condition and reporting for work. That is the general idea behind the Family and Medical Leave Act. The protections of the important federal workers’ rights law have some limitations. A worker must have put in 1,250 hours in the 12 months preceding the month he or she takes FMLA leave. Additionally, a person must have worked for the employer for at least one year. The 12 months do not necessarily have to be consecutive. The FMLA recognizes that many people work seasonal jobs.

New Yorkers among those suing McDonald's over wage and hour laws

Fast-food workers in three states, including New York, are joining together in a string of class-action lawsuits to fight for fair pay. Seven lawsuits have been filed in the three states alleging that McDonald’s Corporation has been using a variety of unlawful techniques to avoid paying workers what is due under state and federal laws. In five of the class-action wage-and-pay lawsuits, individual franchisees that operate the fast-food restaurants are also named as defendants.

Extended Stay Hotels settles equal pay dispute

The Equal Pay Act was first signed into law a little more than 50 years ago. Over the years there have been numerous stories about the gender gap in pay. Statistics have varied from time-to-time (and source-to-source) over the years. Unequal pay based upon gender is a form of workplace discrimination. Different laws have been proposed and enacted to address the wage gap. But, New York workers may be aware that discrimination in pay continues to arise in some job settings.

Woman fired for caring for sick niece settles FMLA claim

It is no secret that not all households in New York are comprised of members of what could be described as only including a traditional, nuclear family. Working adults in some households in New York, like anywhere in the country, may take in a child of a sibling. Blended families, adoptive parents, and other types of relationships may place an adult with the financial responsibility for a child, as well as responsibility for day-to-day care of the child.

Lady Gaga settles overtime dispute with former personal assistant

A former personal assistant for pop star Lady Gaga has settled a wage-and-hour dispute out of court with the entertainer. The case was poised for trial in early November in Manhattan. Court papers filed on Monday indicate that a settlement has been reached to resolve the dispute.

Former Hyatt Regency security guard sues for wage-hour issue

Federal law provides wage and hour protections for many workers in the United States. Minimum wage laws at the federal and state levels are important protections for working people in New York. Unfortunately, a story comes along from time-to-time that alleges that a business has tried to skirt the protections of state or federal law.

Trial court ruling over intern wage dispute garners recognition

Earlier this year we discussed the issue of wage-and-hour disputes between workers and their employers. Unfair pay issues have been making news recently, as workers seek to enforce rights under laws aimed at protecting workers from abuses in pay. In June, a federal judge chambered in New York found that two unpaid interns who worked on the set of the film “Black Swan” had actually performed duties that fell within the scope of a regular employee.

Unfair pay and wage-and-hour disputes on the rise

Some commentators say that a lack of enforcement of wage-and-hour laws from the Department of Labor over the past 20 years has led to a huge increase in wage-and-hour lawsuits in the nation’s courtrooms. Workers have been denied fair pay under current laws. Analysts have noted a spike in such pay disputes in the past decade and a 432 percent increase in the number of unfair pay lawsuits in the past twenty years.