It is hard enough for some workers to make ends meet during a difficult economy. To some West Virginia residents, it may seem that they spend more time working than doing anything else but still have little to show for it. Unfortunately, this can be especially true if employers are violating their rights using unfair wages and unpaid overtime.

Investigation reveals illegal practices

One restaurant chain in another state is facing the consequences of a U.S. Department of Labor investigation into numerous illegal practices involving employee wages. The restaurant has six locations in its chain across the state, but one registered agent for several locations reportedly cheated his 65 employees of nearly $5,000 each between 2017 and 2019. Those who worked back-of-house received a daily flat rate rather than an hourly rate, and many worked over 40 hours a week with no overtime pay.

Authorities have also accused the owner of collecting all employee tips as restaurant profits and failing to log the number of hours each employee worked. As a result, the employees lost thousands in wages, totaling over $300,000. It is possible that many employees did not even realize their rights were being violated since the owner did not display the required information regarding their rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

What options do workers have?

West Virginia workers who experience similar unfair practices on the job may feel they have no recourse. However, there are ways to obtain wages and unpaid overtime that an employer has unlawfully withheld. By consulting an attorney, many employees have found a satisfying remedy for the violation of their rights on the job.