Do You Think Fast Food Workers Are Underpaid?

Last week, we discussed how thousands of fast food workers came together to rally in support of better wages. Organizers included labor unions and activists, with many people calling for a $15 hourly wage. Photo of earnings statement

In addition to the wage increase demands, many people marched to raise awareness for the injustices many workers suffer through on the job, including allegations of wage and overtime theft.

As we have reported, in some lawsuits, workers have claimed that their wages have been docked, as they have been asked to do work off the clock. For example, in one lawsuit filed last year involving a McDonald’s worker, the employee claimed that he was asked to punch out for his shift but remain in the store, ready to punch back in when the restaurant got busy.

Sadly, pay is huge issue for people in the fast food industry. Why should people who make so little be asked to do work off the clock or remain at a restaurant until it is busy? These types of acts by employers are often illegal.

With this in mind, LifeHacker recently published an interesting story about the top five paying fast food positions, based on wage data gathered from employment websites. According to the news outlet, the fast food jobs with the best hourly wages are:

  • In-N-Out Burger Associate: $11.17 an hour.
  • Panda Express Counter Help: $9.01 an hour.
  • Chipotle Crew Member: $8.78 an hour.
  • Panera Bread Cashier: $8.40 an hour.
  • Noodles & Company Noodle Ambassador: $8.31 an hour.

Unfortunately, these numbers paint a picture of poverty for many workers. This is why allegations of wage and overtime theft are taken so seriously by media outlets, labor attorneys and by courts.

I Have Experienced Wage Theft. Should I Contact an Attorney?

It is sad that so many fast food workers in our country are struggling to get by. If your employer is paying you below federal and state minimum wage guidelines by working you off the clock, it may be important for you to speak to an attorney.

Employment law can be incredibly complicated, so your case may require investigation.

Kesluk, Silverstein & JacobLos Angeles employment attorneys