In Westchester, New York, people work to earn money. Getting less than what a worker deserves, or minimum wage, is against the law. Throughout the state, $7.25 per hour is the minimum wage for employees. Service employees, such as deliverymen and waitresses, can be compensated with $5.65 per hour as long as they receive an additional $1.60 per hour in tips from customers. If workers have not received minimum wage, they can proceed with exercising their rights.
Papa John's, an international company, is under the investigation of the New York Attorney General due to wage-and-hour disputes. Reports pertaining to Papa John's employees who were paid less than $7.25 per hour have surfaced, prompting the New York Attorney General to investigate.
Papa John's franchises in New York received subpoenas due to wage disputes. According to the company, employees should receive fair and just wages based on the laws implemented in the state. The company added that it does not have the power to control the franchisee's activities like compensation, firing and hiring of the employees.
Employees who are on the same page with wage and hour dispute issues may raise the issue with management to inform them of the discrepancy in their salaries. If the management denies the request, the employees may file a legal claim, alleging that they are not getting paid minimum wage. Filing an employment dispute claim promotes awareness to employees who may be suffering from the same fate.
Engaging in a legal battle against businesses and large corporations is not a simple task. It may require legal knowledge that can guide the case in order to obtain compensation. Handling the case alone may not be the best option as it involves many legalities.
Source: Business First, "Papa John's franchisees investigated over wage dispute," Andrew Robinson, Oct. 18, 2013