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Anheuser-Busch InBev sued in wage and hour dispute

Workers in Los Angeles are often vulnerable to an employer trying to save money at the expense of paying proper wages under the law. This can include a wage and hour violation and unpaid overtime. There are laws that are in place designed to protect workers from being deprived of their rights. Often, it's not a small company that is confronted with allegations of failing to pay its workers fairly, but large ones that are prominent and well-known to all.

For beer lovers, working for Anheuser-Busch InBev might seem like a dream job. However, the company is now facing a $5 million lawsuit filed by two drivers who allege that the company failed to give breaks for rest and meals and didn't pay them overtime. The case is believed to be the beginning of a class action lawsuit that might involve up to 400 employees. The two men state they have four decades of combined experience working for the company. The lawsuit claims that the pay structure of the company was specifically designed to avoid paying for breaks.

Many times, workers either don't realize they have certain rights or are afraid to report a wage and hour dispute because they don't want to lose their jobs. In some instances, it's an honest mistake on the part of the employer. In others, there's a structural and conscious decision on the part of the employer to take advantage of workers. Regardless of the circumstances, workers need to understand that they are allowed to pursue legal action as individuals or as part of a class action case to benefit themselves and their fellow workers.

In the case of the beer company, the two workers have taken the step of filing a case that might become a class action suit due to violations on the part of the employer. The details of the case will be revealed as it moves forward. Whether an employee is working for a large company like Anheuser-Busch InBev or a small, family-based company, the first step to take when facing a wage and hour violation is to explore one's legal options for recovery.

Source: Fortune, "Truck driver lawsuit says Anheuser-Busch InBev denied overtime," Tom Huddleston, Jr., Aug. 12, 2014

Source: Fortune, "Truck driver lawsuit says Anheuser-Busch InBev denied overtime," Tom Huddleston, Jr., Aug. 12, 2014

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