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Restaurant employees poorly compensated in Austin

Federal authorities recently discovered that many restaurant owners in Austin, Texas are not properly paying their employees, an article of KVUE reported on October 7.

In the investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), 95 percent of restaurant owners were not properly paying their employees. The percentage of employers with violations between October of last year and June 2016 did drop by 3 percent compared to the previous fiscal year. One common problem is that restaurant employees in Texas are not receiving their overtime pay. Aside from wage-related violations, business owners were also found liable for violating proper timekeeping practices and child labor laws. Dr. David Weil of the WHD said such practices are unacceptable and they will address the issue moving forward.

If you suspect your employer is being unfair by not giving you the wages to which you are legally entitled, enlisting an employment attorney can help. Find out how an Austin attorney at Leichter Law Firm PC may be able to obtain your proper compensation today by calling (956) 205-0884.


Australian mining firm alleged of underpaying employees in Texas

A multinational mining company in Australia, BHP Billiton Ltd. is facing a lawsuit in Texas due to allegations that they improperly paid their security guards, an article of The Sydney Morning Herald reported on September 26.

Reports said a class action lawsuit was filed against BHP Billiton Petroleum and two other companies due to complaints that they have violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. The defendants were allegedly intentionally underpaying at least 50 of their employees working as gate security guards in the petroleum facility. Aside from underpayments, the claim also alleged that the employees were not given overtime payments after their employment status suddenly changed to classify them as independent contractors. Companies BHP Billion and Chapa Gate Guard Service were identified as defendants in the class action suit initially filed by Linda Cox.

In the situation that you suspect you are not getting the right compensation for your work, consulting a skilled legal team is worth considering, especially if you are dealing with big offshore companies. Call the employment lawyers of Leichter Law Firm in Austin at (956) 205-0884 to learn more about your legal options.