All too common: unpaid overtime, timecard shaving, minimum wage, and nonpayment of wages
A New York Times editorial today highlights a sadly common issue among service workers -- "unpaid overtime, misrecording of timecards to reduce pay, failure to pay the minimum wage and failure to pay wages owed to employees who quit or were fired." This case involves a franchise of McDonald's in California. A federal district court judge certified the class action, meaning the employees could continue banding together to sue on behalf of all of the 500 workers who worked there over the relevant period of time.
The case also involves the legal question of whether McDonald's itself could be considered the employer, or "joint employer" of the employees in addition to the franchise.
Unfortunately, in my experience these types of wage payment issues are not uncommon, particularly in restaurants.
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