A San Antonio area franchisee faces charges he failed to pay proper overtime to his employees. Wessam “Sammie” Aldeeb operate eight restaurants, including Subway, Great American Cookies and Marble Slab Creamery stores. A recently filed suit seeks class-action status for at least 125 current or former employees of Aldeeb’s franchises.
The franchisors want nothing to do with this case. In each case, they have stated that Aldeeb handles all pay issues at his franchises.
Note: This lawsuit may be part of a larger effort to pressure employers. A group associated with Service Employees International Union—Fight for $15 Texas—is the state arm of the national Fight for $15 organization. It seeks to raise state and local minimum wages, whether national minimum wage legislation is enacted or not.
The group likes to spotlight the fast food industry because of its history of low pay. Many attacks allege wage theft or Fair Labor Standards Act violations involving overtime pay.
Advice: Review your pay practices to ensure thatare earning at least the minimum wage and are being paid overtime.