Many Colorado residents may refer to their jobs as how they make a living. This often means that their income is their means of being able to provide for themselves and their families. Because income is so important to most individuals, it can be detrimental when minimum wage law is violated and workers do not receive the proper compensation for their services.
It was recently reported that a former server in another state has filed a lawsuit against the restaurant where she previously worked. Her claim indicated that servers were paid below minimum wage because they were often required to perform non-tipped duties, such as cleaning. However, their hourly wage remained at the $2.13 wage for tipped workers. As a result, their wages fell below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
Though she brought her concerns to her former managers, she was told that she should not complain because the situation could be worse. As a result, she moved forward with legal action, and the lawsuit was recently filed. The company against which the suit was filed declined to comment on the situation.
Minimum wage law is in effect in order to help workers earn enough money to buy their necessities. When these laws are violated and workers are underpaid, the negative effects could be vast and long lasting. Therefore, if Colorado residents have to face such a situation, they may wish to consider taking legal action of their own. Discussing their concerns with experienced and knowledgeable attorneys could help them determine how to potentially move forward.
Source: star-telegram.com, "Waitress says restaurant chain cheated hundreds of workers out of minimum wage", Fred Clasen-Kelly, Aug. 3, 2016