12/14/2011 // Los Angeles, CA, USA // Keller Grover LLP // California employment lawyer Eric Grover

Atlanta, GA (California Employment Lawyer News) — Two Steak ‘n Shake restaurant workers in Georgia have sued the Indianapolis-based burger chain for violation of various labor laws. The class action lawsuit was filed in a Georgia federal court against Steak ‘n Shake Operations Inc. for failing to pay minimum wage and overtime to hourly employees, reports Eric Grover of Keller Grover LLP, a California employment and wage and hour law firm.

The plaintiffs and current Steak ‘n Shake employees, Justin Beecher and Priscilla Cain, are suing the burger restaurant over a host of allegations that accuse the restaurant of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Indianapolis Business Journal reports.

The wage and hour lawsuit contends that Steak ‘n Shake instructed restaurant managers to adjust the number of hours for employees who worked over 40 hours a week, to avoid paying overtime wages. In fact, the lawsuit claims a document was created by Steak ‘n Shake called “audit trail report,” which shows the edited “clock in” and “clock out” times for hourly employees.

In addition, the suit claims the burger chain neglected to pay the proper minimum wage for servers earning tips, by adjusting the tip amounts to falsely reflect a higher amount. Because of this, the company eliminated any difference between the servers’ regular hourly rate and the federally required minimum wage, thereby skirting any obligation to pay a minimum wage differential, the lawsuit read.

Additionally, Steak ‘n Shake allegedly changed the servers’ hours to show a lower number in order to increase their regular hourly rate, and to avoid paying a minimum wage differential.

The wage and hour lawsuit is seeking unpaid minimum wages and overtime wages, in addition to other monetary damages.

“If these allegations prove true in a court of law, it will demonstrate that Steak ‘n Shake has seriously violated labor laws,” asserts Los Angeles wage and hour lawyer Eric Grover. “Any employee that works over 40 hours in a week is entitled to overtime pay, and should be fairly compensated for their work.”

“Editing clock in and out times is illegal and unethical. All employees should receive compensation that reflects the overtime they work. In addition, many restaurant servers work for tips and should not be docked any of their hourly pay to make up for minimum wage based on an incorrect accounting of their tips,” says the California employment lawyer.

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