These days, it is not uncommon for employees in the United States to feel that they are overworked and underpaid. A fundamental part of employment is that all employees are paid appropriately for the work they provide. Fortunately, wage and hour laws were established to ensure that employees in the state of California and across the country are properly paid. In an effort to cut expenses, it is not uncommon for employers to incorrectly pay their employees, or neglect to pay workers altogether. This is a common scenario in many wage and hour claims.

A recent lawsuit filed in another state alleged that a business discriminated against Jamaican employees and paid them less for doing the same work as their colleagues. The lawsuit was filed by five Jamaican-born employees who worked for a ski resort. The plaintiffs claim that they and over 100 other Jamaicans were inappropriately paid.

While serving guests, they say they did not receive tips or service charges that other employees received. The plaintiffs say that non-Jamaican employees were given special privileges to work certain events that were not offered to Jamaican employees. Also, the lawsuit alleged that cooks at the resort were paid $15 to $18 per hour, but Jamaican cooks were only paid $12 per hour.

Discrimination and failing to correctly pay employees is not only very wrong but also unlawful. Workers in California and across the nation are protected by state and federal wage and hour laws. Workers who feel they have not been properly paid by employers can take action by obtaining legal representation and filing wage and hour claims. Compensation awarded from a successfully litigated claim can provide much-needed compensation to replace lost wages.