Over the past few months, we here at Kalikhman & Rayz, LLC have made it one of our priorities to seek out individuals who believe they are victims of wage theft. One of the many reasons we have been doing this, and will continue to do so, is because there has been much evidence (especially of late) that has shown that wage theft is on the rise.
In fact, just this May, it was reported that two Philadelphia companies will pay back a combined total of over $760,000 to more than 790 temporary workers who were not paid the proper minimum wage and overtime pay. More specifically, investigators found that one company was only paying workers $6 an hour in cash and that they were not paying for overtime. The other company, which utilized the services of a staffing firm to hire and pay workers, also paid less than the Pennsylvania minimum wage but did pay overtime. While it was evident that both companies violated the law when these issues were brought to light, they either didn’t know or didn’t care before investigators were brought in to help the victims get the wages they deserved.
It’s news like this that compels us as attorneys to lend a helping hand to individuals who believe their employers might be taking advantage of them, and also spread the word about the growing issue of wage theft.
One particular industry that has been shown to have a lot of violations is the restaurant industry. Even though there are certainly restaurant chains that do treat workers fairly, many do not, and will keep doing so until an employee seeks help. Consider this: a report done and released in 2012 by the Philadelphia Restaurant Industry Coalition found that restaurant workers are facing, and are likely still facing, tremendous odds.
When you are looking for attorneys who can handle wage claims, you can count us here at Kalikhman & Rayz, LLC. Last, but not least, if you are looking for criminal lawyers that serve Bucks County, defense lawyers that serve Montgomery County, but also provide all of their services in and around Philadelphia, PA, we are your team! To learn more about our legal services, please call or email us now.