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  • pbjbeach Nov 16, 7:51 p.m.

    In my opin thes labor rights issue in this state is just another prime example of the vulture capitilist such as was the case with romney ryan ticket an the bain capitlist issue during the recent election that is what the entire repbulcianparty is all aboutis the suppression of wage benefits for worker an the worker familys in the first place thank you

  • piene2 Nov 16, 4:25 p.m.

    "Have you heard that there is a scarcity of jobs lately? If not, read up on the subject.

    Really? You don't say. Scarcity doesn't mean non existant. There are lots of places hiring. Yes, many are entry level jobs, but you have to start at the bottom in order to get to the top. Jobs don't come to you, you have to dig for them, sometimes hard.
    btneast"

    It will be another year or two before the job market is back to what it was around the turn of the century.

  • geoherb1 Nov 16, 4:12 p.m.

    "The sad part is we got a state agency sucking up tax dollars, and it take a Fed. agency to come in and force fair labor laws? I see a need to save some tax dollars here in NC."

    Jurisdiction for wage payment issues depends on the annual dollar volume a business does. Businesses that gross more than a half million dollars a year fall under the U.S. Department of Labor's jurisdiction. That's why when you read a story about Walmart employees not getting paid minimum wage or overtime, it's the USDOL that is investigating it. When it's a neighborhood restaurant that's cheating its employees, the NCDOL will investigate.

  • btneast Nov 16, 1:41 p.m.

    Have you heard that there is a scarcity of jobs lately? If not, read up on the subject.

    Really? You don't say. Scarcity doesn't mean non existant. There are lots of places hiring. Yes, many are entry level jobs, but you have to start at the bottom in order to get to the top. Jobs don't come to you, you have to dig for them, sometimes hard.

  • piene2 Nov 16, 12:58 p.m.

    "....Yes, some employers are like vultures, they are mean and nasty......but at what point does it fall on the employees head to go elsewhere? Indentured servitude ended hundreds of years ago. Yes, finding another job is never easy, but it CAN be done.
    btneast"

    Have you heard that there is a scarcity of jobs lately? If not, read up on the subject.

  • rocket Nov 16, 12:51 p.m.

    "Thank you captain obvious. It's called sarcasm."

    Then your post made no sense.

  • slayerhil Nov 16, 12:07 p.m.

    "Who said anything about slavery? There is a big difference between forced labor and government mandated wages. -rocket"

    Thank you captain obvious. It's called sarcasm.

  • btneast Nov 16, 11:41 a.m.

    So many employers are like vultures that feed off their employees. They need to be slapped

    ....Yes, some employers are like vultures, they are mean and nasty......but at what point does it fall on the employees head to go elsewhere? Indentured servitude ended hundreds of years ago. Yes, finding another job is never easy, but it CAN be done.

  • piene2 Nov 16, 10:29 a.m.

    Good for the employees! So many employers are like vultures that feed off their employees. They need to be slapped down hard. Were I setting the rules, I would be paying the employees some punitive damages as well as the wages they were cheated out of.

  • m0nky Nov 16, 10:03 a.m.

    whatelseisnew: i know you're probably just trolling, but that is a slap in the face to the ridiculous amount of people, including children that had to die in factories and horrible working conditions in order to ensure that you get to work in a place where you more than likely don't have to worry about losing a limb on a daily basis.

    read a history book or two...

  • btneast Nov 16, 9:51 a.m.

    Notice the same people who daily claim "there are no jobs" are now yelling "go find a different job?!?"

    So you keep a log of comments by poster so that you know every posters past positions? I think not.I have never said, nor believe that there are no jobs. The job landscape is constantly changing and evolving, and those that don't adapt to what employers are looking for as time marches on are doomed to take what is left.

  • WooHoo2You Nov 15, 6:58 p.m.

    Notice the same people who daily claim "there are no jobs" are now yelling "go find a different job?!?"

    Hypocrisy at its finest!

  • WooHoo2You Nov 15, 6:56 p.m.

    but, but, but....THAT would require taking responsibility for yourself...that flies in the face of all things liberal, and "enlightened" and the government (aka "they") taking care of their sheep.....!!!- SmokeWagon

    But but but you allow the government to take care of you all the time through the police, fire, military, FCC, FDA, FBI, DOT, public education.....but thats different because you are entitled...err deserve those handouts from MY TAX DOLLARS...!!!

    Talk about sheep, LOL!

  • WooHoo2You Nov 15, 6:50 p.m.

    "Yeah, look at China…."

    Yes, a shining example of the government setting wages. Wait, was that supposed to be an argument against my point???- rocket

    Yes, the Chinese government sets wages of pennies an hour in rocket's world..please try again!

  • SmokeWagon Nov 15, 4:50 p.m.

    ..."Unless someone is being forced at gunpoint to work somewhere, they are NOT VUNERABLE. If you do not like the pay or the job itself, then move on to something else...."

    but, but, but....THAT would require taking responsibility for yourself...that flies in the face of all things liberal, and "enlightened" and the government (aka "they") taking care of their sheep.....!!!

  • touchofgrey Nov 15, 4:48 p.m.

    So, 4strikes, it is the employees' fault that they didn't get paid correctly for the time they worked, not the employers? What kind of twisted logic are you using here? Your post makes exactly ZERO sense. I'm sure that if you were shorted on your pay, you would want something done about it, right?

  • rocket Nov 15, 4:45 p.m.

    "Yeah, look at China…."

    Yes, a shining example of the government setting wages. Wait, was that supposed to be an argument against my point???

  • 4Strikes Nov 15, 4:36 p.m.

    These people are not slaves. It is a fre country (for the moment), they are welcome to go work whereever they want. They have zero of my sympathy.

  • NiceNSmooth Nov 15, 4:09 p.m.

    " hey, I don't have the drive to find something alse that pays better"........even if it means moving. Pioneers went cross country in wagons in the 1800's for better opportunities, so don't whine that you "can't move" to find better employment.

    are you serious... if they accept that job could they be saying "Man, now people will not be complaining that I am on welfare anymore"

  • NiceNSmooth Nov 15, 4:08 p.m.

    Unless someone is being forced at gunpoint to work somewhere, they are NOT VUNERABLE. If you do not like the pay or the job itself, then move on to something else.

    and what is the current unemployment rate?

    come back to reality!!

  • WooHoo2You Nov 15, 4:05 p.m.

    "if wage laws are eliminated then moving on to a better-paying job won't be an option because ALL employers will be able to cut wages drastically."

    Not true. Employers that value good employees will pay competitive rates.-rocket

    Yeah, look at China….

  • WooHoo2You Nov 15, 4:04 p.m.

    Hmmmmmm.... I would like to know how someone making min. wage can afford a smartphone?

    Someone is stuck in 2004 I see. Smart phones are free nowadays.-ljcs357

    You mean them laserdisc players ain’t 1000 dollars anymore ;)

  • joeBob Nov 15, 3:39 p.m.

    Companies large and small do this all the time. I worked for a franchise of a very large company and they tried to pull that on me 35 years ago when I was a minor and I got the state wage and hour folks to straighten them out. I had a local lawn chemical company employee tell me his company was doing that. I told him to call wage and hour and I cancelled my contract with the company. Some folks just have no conscience.

  • ljcs357 Nov 15, 3:31 p.m.

    Hmmmmmm.... I would like to know how someone making min. wage can afford a smartphone?

    Someone is stuck in 2004 I see. Smart phones are free nowadays.

  • btneast Nov 15, 3:28 p.m.

    When an employer pays you minimum wage, they are basically saying that, "Hey, if I could legally get away with paying you less, I would!"

    And if you accept said job, you are basically saying" hey, I don't have the drive to find something alse that pays better"........even if it means moving. Pioneers went cross country in wagons in the 1800's for better opportunities, so don't whine that you "can't move" to find better employment.

  • DaJuiceBoy Nov 15, 3:13 p.m.

    Brasa team is a historical powerhouse in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

  • btneast Nov 15, 3:12 p.m.

    Unless someone is being forced at gunpoint to work somewhere, they are NOT VUNERABLE. If you do not like the pay or the job itself, then move on to something else.

    That part I do agree with, but you just cant eliminate wage laws.

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Nov 15, 2:56 p.m.

    @JustAnotherPointofView: many different reasons. First one I thought of is that the phone is pre-pay. Virgin offers prepay smart phones.

    Second: perhaps the person is in transition from one job to the next.

    Third: They obviously had enough of a credit score to get a smart phone assuming it's not prepay, so the point is rather irrelevant.

  • NCworkingwoman Nov 15, 2:46 p.m.

    Hmmmmmm.... I would like to know how someone making min. wage can afford a smartphone? - JustAnotherPointofView

    Why do you care? They are working a job. It's their money to spend how they want. Mind your own business.

  • rocket Nov 15, 2:14 p.m.

    "I agree with everyone else, whatelseisnew Slavery was abolished 147 yrs ago."

    Who said anything about slavery? There is a big difference between forced labor and government mandated wages.

  • JustAnotherPointofView Nov 15, 2:07 p.m.

    Hmmmmmm.... I would like to know how someone making min. wage can afford a smartphone?

  • rocket Nov 15, 2:05 p.m.

    "if wage laws are eliminated then moving on to a better-paying job won't be an option because ALL employers will be able to cut wages drastically."

    Not true. Employers that value good employees will pay competitive rates.

  • 4Strikes Nov 15, 2:04 p.m.

    "When an employer pays you minimum wage, they are basically saying that, "Hey, if I could legally get away with paying you less, I would!"

    So what?

  • slayerhil Nov 15, 1:50 p.m.

    I agree with everyone else, whatelseisnew
    Slavery was abolished 147 yrs ago.

  • dipenkara Nov 15, 1:31 p.m.

    Makes me really want to eat there!

  • Jimmytwotimes Nov 15, 12:50 p.m.

    I worked for this employer and know exactly what goes on. These are mexican kitchen employees that they do this too. They worked at my restaurant for min wage at 72 hrs a week straight. They actually didn't really mind because instead of having 2 or 3 jobs where they make minimum wage they got to just have one job and get paid straight. They didn't care about overtime pay because they were all illegals and were happy to have 72hr a week checks for min. wage. However it is messed up and illegal. I wondered when a disgruntled employee would turn them in for this.

  • justjean Nov 15, 12:47 p.m.

    Dear whatelseisnew, Boy do I have a job opportunity for you! Here's the deal; I will agree to pay you wage for cleaning my home that is equal to or above the current minimum wage. Once you begin working for me though, I will shortchange you every time. Since it's none of the Government's business how I pay you or what I pay you, it's all good, at least for me. :)

  • Dark_Horse Nov 15, 12:34 p.m.

    When an employer pays you minimum wage, they are basically saying that,
    "Hey, if I could legally get away with paying you less, I would!"

  • ripetomatoes Nov 15, 12:34 p.m.

    It is not the Governments business what an employer pays and these wages laws should be eliminated. whatelseisnew

    Please tell Alice we said hello while you are in wonderland.
    The amount my government taxes employees is based on what an employer is paying. It is the government's business, the employee's business and the employer's business. It is not any of your business.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 15, 12:33 p.m.

    The sad part is we got a state agency sucking up tax dollars, and it take a Fed. agency to come in and force fair labor laws? I see a need to save some tax dollars here in NC.

  • happy4ver Nov 15, 12:33 p.m.

    "It is not the Governments business what an employer pays and these wages laws should be eliminated. Unless someone is being forced at gunpoint to work somewhere, they are NOT VUNERABLE. If you do not like the pay or the job itself, then move on to something else."

    DO SAY WHAT?!!!

    Did you miss the point? The fact that there was an agreed-upon salary before you start a job, you work and then dont paid said money due you. That is the point.

  • msmithua93 Nov 15, 12:30 p.m.

    whatelseisnew.....Thats absolutely the dumbest thing Ive heard all day. We have a labor board for a reason. You cant expect folks to up an quit because the boss breaks the law. Get real. Im sure after complaints fell on deaf ears, this was a last resort.

  • Carolina Nov 15, 12:26 p.m.

    "It is not the Governments business what an employer pays and these wages laws should be eliminated. Unless someone is being forced at gunpoint to work somewhere, they are NOT VUNERABLE. If you do not like the pay or the job itself, then move on to something else." whatelseisnew

    I'm not sure what kind of worker's paradise fantasy-land you're living in, but if wage laws are eliminated then moving on to a better-paying job won't be an option because ALL employers will be able to cut wages drastically. Companies don't put their employees ahead of profit, because they can't. In case you've forgotten we live in a CAPITALIST society. That's not a bad thing, but it is what it is. Without minimum wage, any employer who wants to pay employees a living wage would be forced out of business by those who don't.

  • bluecanary Nov 15, 12:18 p.m.

    I can't believe the absolute ignorance of people. Yeah, let's do away with the minimum wage. Heck, let's do away with ALL labor laws, go back to the days of working 14 hour shifts 6 days a week in unsafe conditions for 2 dollars a day! With children! Then all the "job creators" can make unbridled profits, and the pampered entitled working class can learn all about the joys of black lung and starvation wages. Sounds legit.

    Seriously, if you are going to have employees, pay them correctly. If you can't afford to pay your employees, don't open a business. I've worked food service many times in my life, and I've seen crazy amounts of worker exploitation. It's almost par for the course in that field, and it is absolutely wrong. It's sad that so many Americans these days have so little compassion for anyone but themselves.

  • romneycare Nov 15, 12:12 p.m.

    easier said then done @whatelseisnew...

    i'm betting you more than 60% of america is working because its the only job they can find, regardless of pay or if they like it.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 15, 11:59 a.m.

    "Workers in the restaurant industry are among the most vulnerable in this country, and the Labor Department will not tolerate their exploitation,” Richard Blaylock, director of the division’s Raleigh office, said in a statement. “This case should serve as a notice to other employers who may not be paying their employees in accordance with federal law."

    It is not the Governments business what an employer pays and these wages laws should be eliminated. Unless someone is being forced at gunpoint to work somewhere, they are NOT VUNERABLE. If you do not like the pay or the job itself, then move on to something else.

  • Hans Nov 15, 11:59 a.m.

    Take 'em down! Take 'em all down!

  • romneycare Nov 15, 11:51 a.m.

    This place isn't that great anyways. It's good for once every 2-3 years. I can't imagine eating here several times a year...

    Glad they got caught... Poor workers, not getting their overtime pay.

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