All entertainers have rights. Florida’s minimum wage increased from $8.25 per hour to $8.46 per hour effective on January 1, 2019. The minimum wage for tipped employees likewise increased effective on January 1, 2019 from $5.23 per hour to $5.44 per hour.
The laws governing fair labor are some of the oldest and most comprehensive regulations in the country. Unfortunately, when a club is looking to lower operating costs, dancer/entertainers may fall victim to under compensation. An employer may manipulate record keeping or even completely refuse to pay minimum wages in an effort to decrease their bottom line and increase profits. Indeed it is not uncommon for clubs to insist that dancer/entertainers to work only for tips without paying any minimum wage at all. Further, many employers require mandatory house fees and tip outs from entertainers, without having paid them a statutory minimum wage, thereby amplifying their statutory wage violations.
Overseen by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes the rules and regulations governing wages for non-exempt employees. Employers who violate the standards of the FLSA may be subject to criminal prosecution.
Additionally, the government allows for a private citizen to sue their employer for back wages plus damages and legal fees. If your wages or overtime have been improperly withheld, John B. Gallagher, PA can help. Our attorneys can aggressively fight for your fair payment and compensation. Contact our firm today to receive a complimentary case evaluation.