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Haru Sushi Locations Hit with Wage Lawsuit

The acclaimed chain Haru restaurants of New York have landed themselves in a bit of hot water after a recent wage lawsuit claims they have been paying tipped workers less than the full minimum wage in conjunction with other pay issues. These wage claims violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the New York Labor Law (“NYLL”), federal and state laws, designed to protect worker rights. Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP filed this class action lawsuit yesterday which intends ...

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NY Construction Workers to Receive $1.2 M in Unpaid Wages

Nearly 400 hard working New Yorkers in the construction industry are set to receive unpaid wages totaling over $1.2 million discovered through investigations started on January 1st of this year. Through a partnered effort between the District attorneys of all NYC, Westchester and Nassau Counties, this investigation has resulted in numerous indictments across several jurisdictions with nearly $700,000 already returned to affected workers. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for a crackdown in the industry was in response to ...

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Delivery Drivers to Receive Approved Pay Out of $8.75M

Gig economy workers, such as the delivery drivers for Postmates, have begun challenging their employers for potentially misclassifying them as independent contractors instead of employees. Many of these workers argue that due to this alleged misclassification they were paid less than the minimum wage. Following the footsteps of the Lyft and Uber misclassification cases, these delivery drivers filed a class action lawsuit and argued that by being labeled as independent contractors instead of employees, Postmates violated the federal Fair Labor ...

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An Update on DOL Overtime Regulations

In May of last year the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it would increase the threshold salary requirements in determining whether an employee is exempt from receiving overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The DOL’s final rule affected professional, administrative and executive employees by dramatically increasing the threshold salary from $455per week to $913 per week. It also bumped the salary threshold for exempt highly compensated individuals from $100,000 to $122,148.

This change in overtime regulations caused ...

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Boca Juniors Steakhouse Sued for Unpaid Wages

Boca Juniors, the well known Argentine restaurant in Queens, New York which caters to soccer fanatics and steakhouse enthusiasts, has been sued by a former employee. A lawsuit was filed on August 31, 2017, by Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP on behalf of a former back of the house employee. The former kitchen worker is seeking unpaid overtime compensation, unpaid spread of hours pay, and other damages.

The lawsuit alleges that Boca Juniors Steakhouse and its owners instituted many policies and practices ...

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LPNs Sue Healthcare Facility for Unpaid Wages

Employees in the healthcare industry, such as licensed nurse practitioners (“LPNs”), are often subject to workplace violations. LPNs often face issues such as unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, or may witness Medicare or Medicaid fraud. Recently, the employment lawyers at Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP filed a class and collective action lawsuit against a healthcare facility, Atrium Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing formerly known as River Manor Care Center for unpaid wages and unpaid overtime. The lawsuit is on behalf of all ...

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Oilfield Workers Sue Hess for Unpaid Overtime

The oilfield giant, Hess Corporation, has been hit with yet another lawsuit seeking to recover unpaid wages for its oilfield workers. The wage lawsuit alleges that Hess Corporation failed to pay certain oilfield workers overtime pay as required by state and federal law. The lawsuit seeks to recover damages for unpaid overtime for worked in excess of forty hours per workweek. Affected employees include any current or former oilfield workers such as Rig Clerks or other similarly situated employees who ...

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Incinia Contracting Sued for Unpaid Overtime

On Friday, July 28, 2017 Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP along with Pechman Law Group PLLC filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of two asbestos handlers and their similarly situated co-workers who worked at Incinia Contracting. This full service environmental company with over a decade of servicing the public and private sectors has allegedly failed to pay its hourly employees overtime at time and a half their regular hourly rate for hours worked over 40 in a work week.

This lawsuit ...

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Magistrate Judge Grants Plaintiff’s Motion for Corrective Notice in Restaurant Case

In November 2015, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP, along with the Pechman Law Group, PLLC, filed a class and collective action complaint against the well-known New Jersey restaurants Segovia Steakhouse & Seafood and Segovia Restaurant. The lawsuit alleged that the Defendants failed to pay their tipped employees, such as servers, bussers, food runners, and bartenders, proper minimum and overtime wages for all hours worked.

On April 28, 2017, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP sent the Court-approved Notice of Collective Action to all current ...

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Nick’s Pizzabar Sued for Unpaid Wages

On Monday, March 13, 2017, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP filed a class action lawsuit against Nick’s Pizzabar for unpaid wages. Nick’s Pizzabar, which is under the same management as other well known NYC restaurants such as Harry’s Café and Steak, Pier A Harbor House, Harry’s Italian, Adrienne’s Pizzabar, Ulysses’ Folk House, Bathtub Gin, The Dead Rabbit, Le District, The Growler, and Vintry Wine & Whiskey, has failed to properly compensate its former and current delivery workers. This lawsuit seeks to ...

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