When it comes to wage and hour laws, some companies, regardless of size, never consider what they should and should not be doing. While some of these entities never get called out by employees, this is not always the case. Others soon find that employees are tired of them breaking the law, and as a result they find themselves locked up in a legal battle.
From misclassification to failure to pay overtime, employers need to know the ins and out of the wage and hour laws in their particular state.
YUM! Brands is best known for being the parent company of well-known fast food chains such as Taco Bell and KFC, as well as Pizza Hut. Unfortunately for this corporation, they are now facing a class-action lawsuit alleging a variety of wage and hour violations in the state of California.
Between the years of 2006 and 2010, Taco Bell workers filed multiple class-action lawsuits against the company, noting specific violations. As a result, YUM! Brands asked the court to consolidate all of the suits. The lawsuit alleges multiple violations, including failure to timely pay upon termination, unpaid overtime, failure to pay minimum wage, failure to pay for accrued vacation time and denial of rest breaks.
Although YUM! Brands may be one of the largest companies in the food industry, there is no margin for error when it comes to wage and hour laws. Anybody who feels their employer has run afoul of these laws has the right to seek the advice of an employment law attorney about their options.
Source: Business Management Daily, “YUM! Brands faces yucky wage-and-hour lawsuit” No author given, Nov. 11, 2013