Across the U.S., millions of men, women and teenagers work in the restaurant, bar and food services industry. A large majority of these individuals work long hours to take home pay that equates to minimum wage. Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, U.S. employers are required to pay employees at least minimum wage. Additionally, the FLSA provides that non-exempt or hourly employees be paid one-and-a-half times their hourly salary for every hour worked over the 40-hour weekly maximum.
Last November, we wrote about a high-profile lawsuit that has brought much attention to some common problems associated with unpaid internships. Two young men who formerly worked as interns in the production of the movie "Black Swan" brought a class-action lawsuit against Fox Searchlight.
When it comes to working odd hours, there are few jobs more demanding than that of the personal assistant; especially the assistants of major celebrities or other busy and powerful individuals. Yet even assistants who are on call 24 hours a day are usually still eligible for overtime pay and other important benefits.
We have previously written that some employers will try to save money by cheating workers out of wages and benefits that they have earned and to which they are legally entitled under laws like the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).