New hard rock guitar and casino unfair wages to many new employees. Including breaks deducted from pay without giving breaks.
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Unfortunately these illegal practices are very common. Employers often find ways to break the laws in order to save money. They take advantage of hard working employees, which is not fair. Employees have the right to be paid at least minimum wage for all hours worked. An employer must pay its employees who continue to work during "breaks" and if they do not pay their employees for that time, they have violated the law.
Contact an employment lawyer to discuss this matter further.
The Fair Labor Standards Act is where you need to look right off the bat.
The FLSA goes back to the 1930s and is designed to assure that you are receiving your full lawful wages and proper overtime.
It is not the least bit unusual for employers to embrace "short cuts" to "steal wages" from employees and that sounds like what you are talking about.
If this is a serious matter to you and, I would have to suspect that it surely is, I would suggest that you set up a face to face with an employment lawyer who is familiar with wage loss and "wage theft" claims. In my 18 years of doing employment law cases, including FLSA cases, I think meeting with the client one on one is by far the most effective way to get a plan of action in place right out of the gate.