Sometimes employees find themselves in a tough situation with their employer. They may be expected to work long hours without pay or accept a wage that is not in compliance with the law fearing the loss of employment. Employees have a right to be paid for their time on the job. Powerful and clear labor laws are in place to protect employees’ rights to receive pay for work performed. The owners of Mongolian Buffet and the recently-closed King Buffet restaurants in Ames are being sued by regulators for wages owed employees. The lawsuit alleges that the restaurant owners failed to pay its employees the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and did not pay overtime premiums. In fact, it is believed that the workers were expected to work 72 hours per week with a fixed salary of only $450, despite the number of overtime hours demanded. When crunching the numbers, regulators calculate that the employees were receiving roughly $6.25 an hour in pay, a dollar shy of the required minimum wage. In all, it is believed that the restaurant owes the employees nearly $597,000 in past wages dating back to March of 2012 through March of 2014.
If you are having trouble getting the wages you have earned from your employer we can help you. The Des Moines, Iowa, employment and litigation lawyers of Stoltze & Stoltze, PLC have handled wage and hour law disputes for over 30 years, helping employees recover lost wages from large and small companies throughout Iowa. Contact us today!