People in Indiana naturally work hard for their hourly wages or salaries. In fact, many individuals end up working over 40 hours a week just so that they can create better lives for their families and for themselves. Unfortunately, in some cases, they end up not being compensated for all of the hours they have worked and thus get paid less than owed.
It is unlawful for employers in Indiana and other states to discriminate against their workers on the basis of protected classes, such as gender and race. In one recent case in another state, a woman claimed that the city for which she worked had specifically engaged in race discrimination toward her. She has filed a lawsuit against her employer.
In most states, employers are required to pay workers on a regular basis. In most cases, employers opt to pay workers on a weekly or biweekly schedule. However, it may only be necessary for an employer to give written notice as to when an employee is going to receive his or her paycheck. For those who are classified as independent contractors, the pay schedule is usually negotiated as part of the agreement between the two parties.
As many servers here in Indiana will agree, tips are the lifeblood of the profession. That's because most states across the nation, like Indiana, allow for a lower hourly minimum wage because employers in the industry assume that the tips received from patrons will offset the low pay and bring employees up to the state and federal minimum wage.
We see them everywhere we go in Indiana, with their brightly colored signs and the smell of fryer oil floating on the breeze. We're talking of course about fast-food restaurants. It's no surprise to readers of our blog though, or anyone in America for that matter, that for as much business as these companies drum up in a year, their workers are still considered to be some of the most underpaid as well.
If you've ever looked for a job in a newspaper or on a popular job-search website, chances are you've seen a posting for an internship. And while you may have been tempted by the job description-perhaps it sounded like your dream job-you were probably disappointed by the fact that it was an unpaid internship.
As the cost of living continues to rise across the nation, many people-including those here in Indiana-are finding it harder and harder to support themselves. Because despite the fact that companies are finally starting to rebound after the recession, wages continue to flounder.
We've all seen or heard at one time or another of a story in which a worker sues their former employer for violating employment laws. This has especially been the case with more and more people in low-wage jobs who are finally coming forward with complaints about employers paying them less than minimum wage.
A federal lawsuit was filed this month in an Indiana District Court after a worker accused an Indianapolis staffing company, Access Therapies, of not only abusing legal foreign workers but violating federal labor laws as well.
People in Indiana and across the United States may already be aware of the heated situation between Walmart and its employees. In what started as a strike involving warehouse workers for Walmart's distribution centers has exploded into a company-wide strike that now includes cashiers and other store employees.