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Hospitality Industry Continues to Violate Workers' Wage and Hour Rights

April 18, 2011

In a recent Riverside, California employment lawyers blog post, our attorneys discussed the frequency of wage and hour violations in the hospitality industry, and the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) strong initiative to target employers in these low-wage industries who violate the rights of their vulnerable employees.

In a recent DOL investigation, the department found that Sunrise Hospitality Inc., a hotel chain with hotels in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by failing to pay 96 former and current workers overtime and minimum wage compensation for all of the hours worked in 16 hotel locations.

The investigation reportedly discovered that Sunrise Hospitality violated federal law by failing to compensate workers for extra work before and after their shift, and for deducting rest breaks that were less than 20 minutes from the total hours worked. Employees were also not paid accurate minimum wage and overtime compensation, which according to the FLSA is at least $7.25 an hour for all hours worked, plus time and one-half for any hours worked beyond 40 in a workweek. The company also reportedly failed to properly maintain wage records by neglecting to document the required work before and after shifts, which should have been included in the total combined hours.

The DOL reportedly recovered $18,792 in back wages for the 96 former and current employees in 16 hotels. According to the DOL, the Wage and Hour Division continues to step up its enforcement efforts to find, target and remedy federal wage violations that deprive employees of their legally entitled right to fair compensation.

At Howard Law, PC, our experienced team of Orange County labor and employment attorneys work to protect your right to a workplace free from violations of employment and labor laws. Contact us today, for a free consultation.

US Labor Department recovers more than $18,000 in back wages for workers at Sunrise Hospitality hotels in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania, U.S. Department of Labor Press Release, April 13, 2011

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Department of Labor: Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Related Blog Posts:

Feds Crack Down on Wage and Hour Violations in NY Restaurants, California Employment Lawyers Blog, April 15, 2011

DOL Wage and Hour Division Audits for Low Wage Industry Violations, California Employment Lawyers Blog, July 20, 2010

New Study Reveals More Abuse of Low-wage Workers in Los Angeles, California Employment Lawyers Blog, January 11, 2010