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Restaurant allegedly violates wage and hour laws

It is only fair that workers in the state of Massachusetts and across the country get paid for the work they provide. Unfortunately, employers are constantly looking for ways to cut costs and save money. These cost-cutting measures can sometimes directly affect the salaries of employees. Wage and hour laws exist to protect workers and ensure that employees are properly paid. Recently, a lawsuit was filed in another state after workers were allegedly not paid for routinely working overtime.

According to the lawsuit filed by several former employees of a restaurant, their managers asked them to work more than 40 hours a week at several locations and did not pay them overtime wages. The employees claim that they would work at two different restaurant locations, clocking in over 40 hours. However, the employer counted those hours individual to each restaurant and collective. The plaintiff also claim that they were also required to share tips with managers.

Disabled worker faces workplace discrimination

Unfortunately, even in today's world, discrimination in the workplace is a continuing problem that often goes unchecked. Discrimination is wrong and can exist in many forms. In the state of Massachusetts and across the country, workers with disabilities have rights and are protected by law. Tragically, even those with disabilities can face workplace discrimination. Recently, a worker in another state filed a lawsuit after she allegedly experienced discrimination from her employer for being disabled.

The woman worked for a call center company and, according to the lawsuit, needed time off after undergoing three surgeries on her hands. Allegedly, she was never informed of her eligibility for leave rights. The plaintiff claims that when she returned to work, she was given fewer hours of work and was transferred to a lower position without any reason. The lawsuit claims that the plaintiff also was subjected to disciplinary action.

Woman claims sexual discrimination led to wrongful termination

Loss of employment is an experience that can have significant impacts on any person, both psychologically and financially. This experience can be especially traumatic when employment is lost as a result of harassment and/or discrimination. In Massachusetts and other states, there are laws in place to protect workers from harassment and discrimination. A woman in another state filed a lawsuit after alleged harassment and discrimination led to what she claims was a wrongful termination.

The woman worked for a convenience store chain. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff worked 40 hours a week for a period of about two years. Allegedly, during her employment, the plaintiff was subjected to sexual exploitation by a co-worker. The plaintiff says that her co-worker made outrageously indecent and sexually explicit comments toward her.

Underpaid employees allege wage and hour laws were violated

In the state of Massachusetts and across the country, it is required by law that employers pay employees for the work they provide. Due to today's economic climate, businesses are constantly looking for ways to cut costs. Unfortunately, these cost-cutting measures sometimes directly affect the salaries of employees. Neglecting to pay workers is a direct violation of wage and hour laws. A recent lawsuit filed in another state is an example of how workers can legally fight back when their rights are violated.

The lawsuit, filed by two former employees of a contractor, claims that the employer committed a breach of contract and failed to properly pay the workers. The lawsuit details one incident when a plaintiff worked over 70 hours in a week but only received $250 for that week of work. He received similarly low pay in the weeks following, even though his established annual salary was over $250,000.

Lawsuit against Walmart cites workplace discrimination

It is common knowledge, especially in modern society, that discrimination is morally wrong and can have harmful, lasting impacts on victims. One form of discrimination that does not get talked about much is pregnancy discrimination. In Massachusetts and across the country, expectant mothers may need certain accommodations in the workplace, and in some situations employers can be less than cooperative. Two mothers formerly employed by retail giant Walmart claim that they, along with thousands of other pregnant women, were victims of workplace discrimination. They have filed a class action lawsuit against their former employer.

A plaintiff in the case claims that she was terminated because of her pregnancy. The plaintiff stated she was under orders from her doctor to avoid heavy lifting. However, after informing her supervisor of this, the supervisor allegedly told her that her pregnancy was no excuse. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was only allowed sedentary work after a hospital visit resulted from an attempt to lift a 35-pound tray of rotisserie chickens. She alleges she was later fired after asking about pregnancy leave.

Planned public office campaign ends in wrongful termination suit

In Massachusetts and other states, employees have basic established rights. There are an abundance of laws that exist to protect workers from things such as harassment, discrimination and retaliation. However, these laws do not stop some employers from harassing workers and treating them unfairly. What can be done if employment is lost as a result of retaliation and/or harassment? A man from another state faced a scenario like this, and he has taken legal action by filing a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former boss.

The plaintiff was hired by his county's sheriff's office and worked as a bailiff for an associate judge. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff made plans to run for sheriff in a coming election. The plaintiff claims that his boss, who was the current sheriff of the county, heard about the planned campaign for sheriff and met with him seven times over a three-month period to express opposition to the plaintiff's plans. The sheriff also tried to convince the plaintiff to remove his name from consideration for sheriff, the lawsuit claims.

Wrongful termination suit filed after alleged retaliation

Losing a job is never easy and the financial ramifications can be immediate and far-reaching. However, when employment is lost because of things such as harassment or retaliation, the psychological and emotional impacts can be devastating. Workers in Massachusetts and all across the country are protected by law and have a right to speak up about concerns in the workplace without fear of harassment or retaliation. Recently, a woman in another state says she lost her job as a form alleged retaliation, and she has taken legal action by filing a wrongful termination lawsuit.

The plaintiff worked as a case manager for mental health clinic. According to the case, the plaintiff was asked on several occasions to provide false information on documents in order to receive Medicaid payments. The plaintiff claims she refused to do so and, as a result, was subjected to hostility in the workplace.

Refusal to text and drive leads to wrongful termination lawsuit

The loss of employment can be a very difficult and tumultuous experience. When things such as discrimination or retaliation contribute to job loss, the experience can be especially traumatic. Fortunately, laws exist in the state of Massachusetts and across the country that protect workers from discrimination and retaliation in the workplace. A man in another state recently filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer over allegations of age discrimination and retaliation.

The man worked for a trucking company and was allegedly wrongfully terminated for refusing to text while driving. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was reprimanded by his manager for failing to read or respond to his manager's text messages while driving for work. After complaining to upper management, the plaintiff alleges he was told that he was too old to change his ways and was fired.

Worker faces retaliation in the form of wrongful termination

In the state of Massachusetts and across the country, employees know that a full-time job is not only about the pay, but also about benefits such as medical leave and health insurance. These things offer protection for workers when they are injured and are forced to take time off work. But what happens when a worker faces retaliatory termination from an employer for seeking medical leave? This is what allegedly happened to a man from another state, and he has taken legal action by filing a wrongful termination lawsuit.

The man worked as a security guard at a coal business. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was injured while on the job at a coal mine. As a result, the lawsuit says the plaintiff filed for workers' compensation. However, the plaintiff claims he was denied workers' compensation benefits.

Nike allegedly breaks several wage and hour laws

In today's ever changing business world, companies are looking for more and more ways to cut costs while raising profits. Unfortunately, these cost-cutting measures sometimes directly affect employees. Paying employees for the work they provide is required by law in the state of Massachusetts and across the country. Neglecting to pay workers or denying their rights is a direct violation of wage and hour laws. Employees who have been neglected in such a manner can take action and file a lawsuit.

A wage and hour lawsuit filed against retail giant Nike recently made headlines. According to allegations, several Nike minimum wage employees were required to purchase their own uniforms several times a year. The additional costs of purchasing new attire several times, as well as being taxed on these purchases, put the workers' actual wages below minimum requirements.

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