Perhaps you have heard the term “wage theft,” but you were not sure what this entails. Any type of violation of wage and hour laws or overtime laws by an employer is considered wage theft. It’s a sad fact that billions of dollars in hard-earned compensation fall by the wayside every year because workers do not know wage and hour laws or their employment rights.
In this two-part article, we are covering many of the industries that are exploited by wage and hour violations. In the first section, we covered the two giants of employer wage theft: retail and the service industry. In this section, we will cover some other industries that have workers that are often taken advantage of. For more information on wage and hour violations, speak with an unpaid overtime lawyer in Tampa today.
The Housekeeping Industry
Hotel workers that clean our rooms and make our bed typically do not earn more than the minimum wage. Many housekeepers are forced to work long hours without overtime pay as well. Hotels often hire a third party staffing agency and are not completely aware of how the workers are compensated by this agency. In the residential sector, things are not any better with many domestic housekeepers earning below minimum wage.
The Agriculture Industry
Farm work is often considered some of the toughest types of manual labor work out there. From bending over in the blazing heat to pick fruits and vegetables to lifting and carrying a variety of equipment, crates, and tools, most agricultural workers are working seasonally in a variety of locations. These workers often make around minimum wage and some are compensated overtime pay by their output (for example, how many rows of berries they picked in a day) rather than a recorded hourly rate.
Although there are dozens of other industries that experience wage violations, here are a few more prevalent professions that often experience these issues:
Home Care Aides: Although most nursing homes offer a variety of services from respite care to companionship, many of these trained and certified workers are considered independent contractors and earn around minimum wage.
Nail Salon Manicurists/Pedicurists: Although the number of nail salon workers has significantly increased over the last decade, the wage rate has not. Many workers experience highly restrictive hours and earn around the minimum wage.
Warehouse Workers: Often working long hours with few days off, many workers are not compensated a time-and-a-half overtime for working 60 hours or more in a single week.