I know there is an understood/accepted 60 hour work week (6 days - 10 hrs/day) for a manager in the hospitality industry at least here in south Florida, but my question is whether there are any laws that protect us when those 60 hours become 12/14/16 hour days? even 7 days a week some weeks? even sometimes having to work 24hrs straight some days in some weeks because of "business" needs? Is this against the law? considered abusive by the employer to expect managers to work this way?
what are our rights as employees/managers? what evidence do I need to collect to build a case if necessary? thanks!
You have several possible areas of relief. You say you are a manger. Are you really a manager. Or are you just being told you are a manger. 4 million "mangers" in this country are mis-classified.
See the following : https://www.dol.gov/featured/misclassification/
Next. If you are being paid less than $455 per week base pay you are to be paid Overtime.
Next if you take you total pay per week and divide by the ACTUAL hours you work and you are making less than $7.25 an hour, you are entitled to minimum wage and paid enough to bring you up to that. There may be other ramifications of dropping below effective or actual minimum wage.
I recommend you call the United States Department of Labor 800 number or call the local office in Miami.
They can help you out, OR, contact a local avvo employment attorney for a consultation. There may well be a class action or technically "collective" action case. This fact patter, if I was in Florida, would interest me, but I'm 1300 miles away.
Good luck. I have directed you question to Employment and Labor as what you have falls under the DOL's FLSA wage and hour sections.
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