More than a dozen low-level hotel workers in Indianapolis have filed a class-action lawsuit against ten of the city's hotels and a labor staffing agency, claiming they were routinely cheated out of pay with the knowledge of hotel management.
The workers -- most of them Hispanic immigrants employed as housekeepers, dishwashers and bussers -- say they were forced to work off the clock and through their unpaid breaks, sometimes pushing their earnings below the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The suit could potentially involve more than a thousand workers and millions of dollars in claims, according to the hotel workers union UNITE HERE, which is organizing workers in Indianapolis.
I wonder if this type of thing goes on in our area. This article caught my attention due to the many hotels being built in our area. There are two new hotels that will constructed in the Valley on Elmira Street in Athens Township. A few years ago a Hampton Inn opened up on Elmira Street. There are two new hotels in Towanda with a third one planned.