While the hotel chain Motel 6 claims that they will “keep the light on”
for its customers, it might be doing so at the expense of and without properly paying its employees. That is what three employees of the Motel 6 chain in California have claimed in their lawsuit filed April 22, 2009. In the complaint, the three employees allege that they were discriminated against and harassed, forced to skip breaks and work overtime without pay. Specifically, the complaint stated that the motel is “understaffed to the point that employees were and are required to work through their rest and meal periods and are required to work, but are not paid,
overtime.” A similar complaint was filed against the same hotel in December 2008 by four other employees with similar allegations against the hotel.
As the economic downturn continues, more and more employers will be laying off employees and relying on the remaining employees to cover the work. Under Kentucky law, there are many protections for employees from unlawful employer practices.
No employer shall require any employee to work without a rest period of at least ten (10) minutes during each four (4) hours worked (except those employees who are under the Federal Railway Labor Act). This rest period is in addition to the regularly scheduled lunch period.
Employers are also not allowed to take a reduction in pay for these rest and lunch periods.
Many employers also are not allowed to employ an employee for a workweek longer than forty hours unless the employee receives compensation for their employment in excess of forty hours in a workweek at a rate of not less than one and one-half times the hourly rate employer.
It is important that you understand your rights as an employee. For more information on Kentucky Wage and Hour Laws visit the Kentucky Department of Labor or contact a Wage and Hour attorney at Miller & Falkner.