US Labor Department sues Dallas-based The Christmas Light Co. to secure more than $240,000 in minimu

30. Nov, 2012 4648 Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against The Christmas Light Co. Inc. and owner William F. Rathburn to recover approximately $240,881 in wages and an additional amount in liquidated damages on behalf of 233 employers who installed and removed lights for the company. An investigation in Dallas by the department’s Wage and Hour Division found that the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay 233 installers and removers the minimum and overtime wages required by law.

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Supreme Court to Review FLSA Case That Could Limit Employee Remedies

30. Nov, 2012 10198 Comments

The Supreme Court recently granted cert to review a case that could have an impact on future class action cases and remedies for employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, 656 F.3d 189 (3d Cir. 2011), nurse, Laura Symczyk alleged that her employer illegally deducted thirty minutes for meal breaks regardless of whether she worked during this time. She brought this FLSA class action, or “collective action as it is called in the statute, on behalf of herself and other employees that were also not being paid accordingly.

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Another Celebrity Chef Runs Afoul of Tip Pooling Rules

1. Nov, 2012 8431 Comments

In March 2012, a lawsuit was filed against Master Chef Graham Elliot by 14 former employees over tip pooling requirements at his self-titled restaurant.

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Mario Batali Restaurants Settle Tip Pool Lawsuit For $5.25 Million

16. Oct, 2012 25056 Comments

The latest news in celebrity chef wage and hour litigation is that eight New York restaurants owned by Mario Batali have agreed to settle $5.25 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging that they illegally withheld tips from hourly service workers.

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Does Lady Gaga Owe Assistant OT?

1. Oct, 2012 5128 Comments

Imagine you are the personal assistant for the world’s most famous artist, Lady Gaga.

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