You have worked in the same restaurant for years. Even though you are a reliable employee, you have started to notice that your supervisors are treating you negatively. They make critical remarks about your age, they favor younger female employees over you and they are promoting workers who are less experienced than you are. You know that you are good at your job, and you have loyally supported the restaurant, even through hard times. So why are you being treated this way?
New York State is considering a wage change for tipped workers. The change would prohibit employers from paying tipped workers less than the minimum wage. If New York adopts the wage change it would be the eighth state to do so, joining Minnesota, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California and Hawaii. Tipped workers in these states earn more money and are less likely to live below the poverty line.
Employers could easily take advantage of employees unaware of the laws protecting their rights if not careful. It is a sad reality, but only with knowledge and taking legal action when necessary can employees be protected from work-related exploitation. Recent laws have passed to make it harder for fast food service establishments to offer unfair scheduling to its employees.
Many people strive for upward mobility at work, and positions in management are often highly coveted. Many workers assume that a management role will come with more responsibility, more respect and, ideally, a bigger paycheck at the end of the week.
New York State law makers are pushing for legislation to protect low wage workers. The bill would prevent employers accused of wage theft from selling assets and claiming bankruptcy to avoid having to pay employees back pay.
Minimum cash wages for tipped employees are increasing on December 31, 2017, but Gov. Cuomo wants workers who get tipped to be paid the full minimum wage. He is expected to speak more on the issue on January 3, 2018 when he gives his State of the State address.
New York enacted a law that requires the minimum wage to increase every year until it reaches $15 an hour. The increase is triggered at the end of the calendar year.
You may choose to drive for a delivery service like GrubHub, Postmates or DoorDash to earn a little extra cash on top of a regular job. Or, like many drivers, driving for one of these companies may be how you make the bulk of your income.
For years, many companies have been offering mothers paid maternity time to convalesce after having a baby. More recently, companies have been offering time off to fathers as well.
We often get calls from people who know they are in an unhappy situation at work, but aren’t sure whether their situation constitutes a hostile work environment under the law.