Essay on The Fair Labor Standards Act

1225 Words Jul 14th, 2016 null Page
If you have ever worked in the foodservice industry you know about the behind the scenes action that occurs behind the ominous “employee only” doors. If you’ve ever been a patron of a restaurant you’ve seen employees pass back and forth through those doors carrying heavy trays and skillfully balancing multiple scalding hot dishes, all with smiles on their faces. They are not smiling inside. According to the United States Department of Labor,
“The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires payment of at least the Federal minimum wage to covered, nonexempt employees. An employer of a tipped employee is only required to pay $2.13 an hour in direct wages if that amount plus the tips received equals at least the Federal minimum wage, the employee retains all tips and the employee customarily and regularly receives more than $30 a month in tips. If an employee 's tips combined with the employer 's direct wages of at least $2.13 an hour do not equal the Federal minimum hourly wage, the employer must make up the difference.”
A server’s primary concern is that they make a different amount of money every day. Unlike most jobs servers do not receive a stable wage. I have worked in various restaurants since I was 16 years old. I continue working in restaurants due to the potential money that I could make. During some shifts I make over $200 in five hours. During other shifts I make less than $40 for the same five hour shift, only on a different night. Not knowing how much…

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