Family Employers Who Fail To Pay Minimum Wage and Overtime Will Face Lawsuits
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A former staff member is suing record producer and The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Kandi Burruss. The plaintiff worked for the celebrity as a studio manager and event planner, as well as doing odd household jobs, from 2013 until he was terminated on-air in 2016.
The staffer alleges Burruss violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by not paying him minimum wage or overtime. According to the lawsuit, the staff member worked up to 20 hours a day, seven days a week. However, he was allegedly only paid for five days of work per week. The plaintiff also alleges Burruss denied his request for fair pay. He is suing for back pay and benefits. Teresa Roca "Boss From Hell! 'Rhoa' Star Kandi Burruss Sued For Not Paying Overtime Wages," radar online.com (Jan. 18, 2017).
- Including meetings or times staff works through lunch as work hours, but remember some states require lunch time and other breaks.
- Tell staff that they must not perform any work duties during unpaid meal periods and breaks.
- Encourage staff members to talk with a manager if they feel they were not fairly compensated for hours worked.
- Immediately address any wage and hour grievances raised by staff.
- Keep thorough, contemporary records of hours worked and wages earned by staff and regularly evaluate staff pay to make sure it meets FLSA regulations.
- Have each staff member sign off on their weekly time record to acknowledge it is correct.
- Pay staff promptly and regularly.
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