Florida workers have been fighting a long battle involving employers withholding wages. While not every employer is guilty of this act, it is certainly a large problem. A recent article brought to light just what a significant issue this is and ways in which employers are illegally withholding wages.
A woman says that she worked at a Florida restaurant for approximately a year and received only tips. It was estimated she lost around $8,000 in wages that should have been paid by her employer. This also caused an issue for her when she went to file her yearly tax return. When faced with bills and financial responsibilities, employees can feel trapped into taking the earnings where they can receive them until another option is available.
While counties are passing bills trying to help the local employees, the state is passing bills that are superseding the county bills. One problem is that if cases such as this are seen through, they typically incur the time and expense of a court proceeding. While the employer is saving money, the employee feels helpless and is struggling to keep food on the table.
Any Florida worker that has been a victim of an employer withholding wages might benefit from gaining an understanding of their rights under the applicable law. Since laws are constantly changing regarding this topic, it is comforting to know that help is available. An employee has a right to receive their earned wages. If a company fails to pay those wages, having a strong knowledge of the law can help determine the best way to move forward with any action required to recover lost wages.
Source: Public News Service, "Florida Workers Fight Back Against Wage Theft," April 30, 2013