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Sexual harassment and discrimination against tipped wage workers

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2021 | Employment Law

A notable percentage of Florida wage and hour cases center on issues stemming from the established minimum wage. Many of these claims arise from contentions regarding to pay appropriate overtime compensation. In more recent times, issues have begun to arise in regard to discriminatory disparity among employees who are compensated via tipped minimum wage coupled with tips that they obtain during the course of a shift.

Tipped minimum wage in Florida

Before diving deeper into wage and hour cases involving possible discriminatory disparity in situations involving tipped minimum wage, some basic preliminary information is necessary. In the state of Florida, the standard minimum wage is $8.65 per hour, and the tipped minimum wage is $5.63 per hour. By comparison, the federal standard minimum wage is set at $7.25 per hour while the federal tipped minimum wage is at $2.13 per hour.

Discriminatory and disparate treatment of employees paid tipped minimum wages

In Florida and across the United States, some employees paid tipped minimum wages contend that they are subject to different treatment than straight wage workers. Some tipped employees argue that they are more likely to be subjected to sexual harassment on the job. Additionally, tipped employees of color maintain that they are more likely to receive less in the way of compensation than their white counterparts. If you believe that you have been subjected to some type of inappropriate workplace harassment or discrimination in the workplace, including arising from compensation, you best protect your key legal interests by retaining the professional services of an experienced employment law attorney.