FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cynthia Martinez, Communications Director * 512-374-2764 * firstname.lastname@example.org
Kayla Dreyer, Attorney * 956-982-5540 * email@example.com
WESLACO, Texas – December 10, 2012 – A federal lawsuit filed by sixteen former employees of Weslaco restaurant Buffalo Wings & Rings has been settled, ending a year-long legal battle over workers’ rights.
Represented by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), the workers sued Buffalo Wings & Rings in August 2011 and alleged that the restaurant failed to pay proper wages and overtime. The former employees sued under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which establishes a national minimum wage and guarantees time-and-a-half wages for overtime in certain jobs.
According to TRLA attorney Kayla Dreyer, “This settlement is a welcomed end to our clients’ search for justice. They are finally receiving pay for their hard work.”
The FLSA requires that workers be paid a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. However, some employees, such as servers and bartenders, only need to be paid $2.13 an hour if they can make the remaining amount, $5.12 an hour, in tips. Employees paid at these rates are still entitled to overtime wages.
“At the end of the day an employee must be paid a certain wage for every hour worked,” added Dreyer. “Employers cannot refuse to pay the minimum wage or overtime just because an employee earns tips.”
Established in 1970, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients in a 68-county service area. TRLA’s mission is to promote the dignity, self-sufficiency, safety and stability of low-income Texas residents by providing high-quality civil legal assistance and related educational services. For more information on TRLA visit us online at www.trla.org.