The Dallas Morning News covered the increase in wage-and-hour lawsuits filed in Texas by workers and federal regulators. According to legal experts, a significant portion of the wage-and-hour cases being filed are simply because business owners and managers do not understand the guidelines.
Gardere Labor and Employment Partner Jessica Glatzer Mason said defense attorneys are seeing more cases that aren't cut and dried. "We are seeing more of the 'you didn't properly pay me for driving time' or 'you didn't pay me for the time it takes me to get into my uniform or to shower after the chemical part of my work is done,'" Ms. Mason said. "Employers who are trying in good faith to comply with the law don't always know the right answer."