Oregon Workers File Lawsuit Seeking Equal Pay A researcher and policy developer recently initiated a federal Equal Pay lawsuit against the state of Oregon for paying female workers less than male workers who held similar positions and had similar qualifications. This lawsuit has the potential to influence the rights of ...
October 11, 2018DREW N. HERRMANN
Too Much Side-Work? A Win for Servers. In a ruling that could have sweeping consequences for waiters and waitresses working the restaurant industry, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of waiters and waitresses, holding that a restaurant cannot pay the subminimum wage for certain non-tipped work. In ...
October 3, 2018Herrmann Law
After a recent massive lay off at Telltale Games, a former worker is now pursuing a class action lawsuit against Telltale Games on the basis that the company violated federal law known as the WARN Act when it terminated hundreds of workers before closing the gaming studio. This ...
September 26, 2018Herrmann Law
Tips for Employers Servers There is a common misconception among servers in the restaurant industry that if a server’s hourly wage plus tips exceeds the minimum wage then your employer can do whatever it wants with your tips. However, this is not the law: even if your wages and ...
September 4, 2018DREW N. HERRMANN
The United States Department of Labor recently announced a fine against Sea Island Acquisitions LLC because the company violated several important elements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. In a statement issued by the Department of Labor, a ...
August 23, 2018Herrmann Law
Tip Theft. Does your employer require you to pay for cash shortages? Don’t. What’s worse than getting stiffed on a tip? Getting stiffed on a tab. Have you ever worked in a restaurant where they had a policy requiring waiters and waitresses to pay for tabs when a customer left without ...
August 9, 2018DREW N. HERRMANN
The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled to overturn a 2017 lower court decision that dismissed a lawsuit alleging Alabama had violated equal protection laws by passing a state law that blocks the increase of minimum wage to $10.10 for workers. Initiated ...
August 8, 2018Herrmann Law
Representatives in Washington D.C. recently introduced an amendment to 2019 legislation which would block the city’s District of Columbia Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2017 (also known as Initiative 77) from becoming effective. As a result, another barrier has been created in raising ...
August 2, 2018Herrmann Law
What’s in a name? The proverbial lawyer answer, of course, is: everything! But really, phrasing has a huge impact on how society perceives things. Take the term “ride-sharing,” for instance. We refer to Uber as ride-sharing, but originally Uber was called Ubercab. However, after receiving a cease-and-desist for operating an ...
July 30, 2018DREW N. HERRMANN
Currently, most staff who work in places where tips are provided, pool their tips and distribute the tip pool to other employees. Also, part of these tips include credit card tips left by customers for the benefit of the waitstaff. In accordance with what is called a ...
June 20, 2018Herrmann Law