Workers in Wisconsin might feel uncertain about what to do if their employer asks them to perform duties outside of their scheduled shifts. Not everyone is aware of their rights in the workplace and might be afraid to refuse to do what feels like a work-related task, even if they are not paid for their time. However, this is a violation of employment law for which employers can be held legally responsible.
Waiters working in Wisconsin restaurants generally rely on their tips to make up the bulk of their wages. However, those tips are supposed to be on top of their otherwise regular wages. When an employer refuses to pay wages to tipped employees, he or she could be held accountable for employment law violations.
Movie fans in Wisconsin might be fascinated with the behind-the-scenes process of awards shows like the Oscars, but some workers say that it is not as glamorous as it might seem. A nonprofit is suing a company that employed workers with disabilities to assemble the highly-coveted swag bags for both the Oscars and the Grammys. They alleged that Adelante -- the plaintiff -- violated employment law by paying unfair and unreasonably low wages for its workers.
Wisconsin teachers generally go into the profession because of a passion for children and teaching. Few would expect to be penalized for having a child of their own, but one out-of-state teacher claims this is exactly what happened to her. In a wrongful termination suit, she claims that her former boss violated employment law.
In certain industries, teenage employees comprise a large and valuable portion of the workforce. This often includes jobs in retail or fast food, where teens can work after school or on the weekends to earn some extra cash and learn important on-the-job skills. Sadly, Wisconsin employers do not always respect the fact that teenagers are still children, and violations of employment law are perhaps not as uncommon as most would like to think.
Business owners spend months and years developing and growing their businesses, and they want to make sure that their interests are protected. Employee contracts are a good solution to these concerns as they generally provide important protections for both employers and their workers. A well-worded noncompete clause can also ensure that sensitive business interests are safeguarded. However, it is important to make sure that these agreements fall within the confines of Wisconsin employment law.
Employment disputes can be time-consuming and costly, something that many Wisconsin companies want to avoid. Because of this, forced arbitration has long been a part of how businesses deal with employment law issues. Now, some tech giants are leading the way in getting rid of arbitration, making it easier for employees to not only bring forth serious issues, but to also receive necessary recourse.
Wisconsin residents have a reasonable right to privacy in their personal lives, which is established by and respected under the law. At work, however, there are far fewer privacy protections. Still, less protection does not mean none, so it is still possible for an employer to violate employment law by violating a worker's privacy.
A group of out-of-state fast food workers are set to receive thousands of dollars of unpaid wages. The decision comes after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor determined that the company underpaid its workers. While this particular issue took place in a different state, these types of employment law violations are sadly not uncommon in Wisconsin.
What constitutes a living wage can be a complicated matter. A certain minimum wage might be sufficient for workers in one part of Wisconsin, while workers in other areas might struggle when earning a similar pay. A group of out-of-state workers recently negotiated a higher minimum wage for low-level employees, and those earning more than the minimum will see their pay go up as well. The outcome from these types of employment law matters can sometimes affect workers in other states, especially if they are employed in the same industry.