Word on the street is ATL Housewife Kandi Burruss-Tucker and her business enterprise(s) may be in hot water with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) wage law. One of her former employees, Johnnie Winston has filed a lawsuit alleging that during the time he was employed with Kandi’s firm, they failed to pay him in accordance with the law.
The FLSA (and various state/local wage payment laws) require employers to pay their employees at the minimum wage rate of $7.25 (in some states at a higher rate) per hour and overtime at the rate of 1.5 their regular hourly rate. Although the law provides for various exemptions from payment of OT, most employees are considered to be nonexempt and thus required to be paid OT.
Here is the kicker though, if it is determined by the court that Kandi/enterprises violated the law, then they will be liable for payment of back wages, employee’s attorney fees, court costs and possibly liquidated damages. So, as in most cases, the attorneys’ fees alone can end up being larger than the actual wage claims.
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