Today more than ever, employees in the service industry form the backbone of our great nation. At The Leach Firm, P.A., we are dedicated to ensuring these employees receive the fair legal treatment they deserve. If you work at a restaurant and feel you have been mistreated, your employer may have broken the law. You owe it to yourself to talk to an Atlanta employment lawyer to learn how to protect and enforce your rights and obtain compensation for your losses.
Whether the issue is the fair payment of tips, unpaid work off-the-clock, compensation for side work, or other employment law violations, we understand how to enforce claims involving restaurant violations. We will fight for the justice you deserve.
Tipped Employees Must Receive a Fair Wage
Restaurants in Atlanta are responsible for ensuring that their employees receive at least minimum wage over the course of each shift. If they fail to do so, or if they give portions of the tip pool to non-tipped employees, then you may have a good case for legal compensation.
While restaurants are allowed to pay tipped employees a rate lower than the standard minimum wage, it is assumed by the law that the amount they earn with tips will at least add up to the minimum wage. When the tips are not enough, employers are supposed to make up the difference.
You Should Never Go Unpaid for the Work You Do
Our unpaid wages lawyer in Atlanta fights for employees who work hard—not for the businesses that take advantage of them.
The handling and payment of your wages and tips are highly regulated by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). You can count on The Leach Firm, P.A. to fight for you if your employer has committed violations such as:
- Adjusting your clock-in or clock-out times
- Charging you for cash register shortages
- Charging you when customers break tableware
- Charging you for customers who leave without paying
- Deducting your tips below the cash wage in a tip pool
- Failing to calculate your overtime pay on the full minimum wage
- Failing to give you a timely paycheck
- Failing to notify you about tip credit or tip pool deductions
- Failing to pay the difference between “cash wage” and minimum wage during slow shifts
- Failing to pay you full minimum wage for substantial side work
- Failing to pay full minimum wage when a service charge is imposed
- Sharing the tip pool with non-tipped employees
The Knowledge You Need as a Restaurant Worker
When restaurants in Atlanta take advantage of employees, they understand that many workers are not experts on employment law. Sometimes even the employers do not understand what they are required to do to comply with the FLSA and other laws.
If an Atlanta employment law attorney helps workers understand and enforce their rights, everyone can benefit in the long run. Contact the legal team at The Leach Firm, P.A. to learn about how we may be able to help enforce your rights regarding gratuities and other unpaid wage issues in Atlanta.
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