Jeffrey Ruzal Quoted in “IHOP, Denny’s Top List of Full-Service Chains Accused of Wage Violations”

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

Jeffrey H. Ruzal, a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s New York office, was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report, in “IHOP, Denny's Top List of Full-Service Chains Accused of Wage Violations,” by Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones. (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

Sub-minimum wage can be a problem for both employers and employees, Jeffrey Ruzal, a labor law attorney with Epstein Becker & Green in New York, told Bloomberg BNA.

“Certain states like New York and California can have unique wage and hour laws not adapted by the FLSA, and those nuanced requirements can cause trouble when employers are not aware of the rules,” he said.

Wage and hour violation for one employee can easily turn into class actions for scores of employees, according to Ruzal. …

Federal and state departments of labor have limited resources and can only focus on a small number of aggrieved employees, often where the employers are particularly bad actors or repeat offenders, according to Ruzal.

“In most instances, an employee's best resource is through a private lawsuit,” he added.