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Wage-and-hour law violations lead to store owner's arrest

When running a Florida business, an owner should be honest and trustworthy as well as have the ability to be unbiased when it comes to hiring workers. If a business runner is not capable of such actions, employees could face discrimination and violations of wage-and-hour law. It is unfortunate that many workers have found themselves in similar situations and that action needed to be taken in order to rectify the situation.

The owner of a grocery store was recently taken into custody for employment law violations. According to reports, the man withheld thousands of dollars in wages from employees. A worker filed a complaint about the situation, and the Department of Labor began an investigation into the situation.

Some of the individuals were found to have been paid considerably less than minimum wage. It was also noted that the owner did not have proper time sheets or payment records. Because of the enormity of the amount that was withheld from employees and the owner's inability to adhere to previous settlement requirements, he could face a significant fine or potentially even years in jail.

As this case shows, wage-and-hour law violations are very serious matters. Employees are entitled to be given the pay that they earn while on the job, and if an employer fails to carry out paying workers, the situation may need legal attention. If Florida workers feel that they have been victims of withheld wages or wage theft, they may wish to look into state employment laws regarding wages in order to determine how they may wish to move forward.

Source: browndailyherald, Gourmet Heaven owner arrested, Emily Wooldridge, Feb. 28, 2014

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