Overtime Suits Officially a Buzz Topic

Weve learned that Juan Garcia-Espinoza, a dishwasher who worked at Carmines for two and a half years is suing the South Street Seaport dive (no relation to the Upper West Side pasta joint) for allegedly violating overtime laws by paying him a miserly $260 to $300 for workweeks as long as 58 hours. Weve pointed out that these cases are increasingly becoming man bites dog, and the cover story of this weeks Business Week proves it: In the last few years, companies have blown about $1 billion resolving them. At this point wouldnt even Mr. Burns agree that that money is better spent fairly compensating workers in the first place?

Related: Wage Wars [Business Week]