Hotels http://wesa.fm en Reporting Wage Violations at Pennsylvania Hotels http://wesa.fm/post/reporting-wage-violations-pennsylvania-hotels <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-114e77cb-d02e-de1d-a735-1ab4103028e6" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the country -- behind Texas, Alabama and Florida -- for the number of hotels with labor law violations, according to the Department of Labor and a <a href="http://publicsource.org/investigations/pa-fourth-us-for-breaking-hotel-wage-and-hour-laws">recent PublicSource story</a>. This includes wage and child labor violations. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">PublicSource Reporter Leah Samuel says because many hotel workers are low skilled and in the hospitality industry, where tips may be given, they’re especially vulnerable to wage violations. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">“In Pennsylvania, you can actually pay someone as low as $2.83 an hour if they receive tips,”&nbsp; Samuel explains. So even if a hotel worker normally gets paid at or above the minimum wage, when it comes to overtime, the rate might be 1.5 times that $2.83, which is illegal. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">“It’s supposed to be 1.5 times the regular wage they would receive, minus something called the ‘tip credit’.”</span> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:17:51 +0000 Heather McClain 12974 at http://wesa.fm Reporting Wage Violations at Pennsylvania Hotels