"Rachel" was as a server at a local restaurant, working between 70 and 80 hours per week. She came to Legal Aid when the restaurant closed and the owners failed to deliver her last paycheck. Rachel estimated that the restaurant owed her about $1,000. We referred the case to Betsy Beck and John Rayson, who discovered that the employer had been paying Rachel for a 40-hour week, regardless of how much time she worked. Rachel did not know that was illegal. Betsy and John filed suit against the restaurant’s owners in Blount County and succeeded in collecting Rachel’s back wages totaling $3,177.
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