Restaurant Workers as Independent Contractors

An Atlanta-area restaurant company incorrectly classified restaurant workers as independent contractors to avoid paying overtime. The company also required tipped employees to perform cleaning tasks off the clock, failing to record or pay for all time worked. The employer also made illegal deductions from tipped employees’ pay to account for incorrect orders and customer walkouts. These improper deductions brought the hourly wages below the federal minimum wage.

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Nurse Practitioners Misclassified as Independent Contractors

Nurse Practitioners misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees are owed overtime. In a recent settlement, two health care facilities with common ownership also owe overtime to shared employees when the owner failed to add up the total hours worked by each shared employee at both facilities in the same week. Finally, this employer automatically deducted meal breaks from time worked, even when employees worked through meal breaks.

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Misclassified Independent Contractors Owed Overtime

Misclassified independent contractors are owed overtime.  Granite Masters Inc., a granite countertop installation company based in Suwanee, Georgia, will pay $105,020 in back wages and liquidated damages to 36 employees for violations of the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Granite Masters Inc. misclassified employees as independent contractors, paying straight time rates to overtime-eligible employees.

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