As a taxi cab driver you may have a claim for unpaid wages and penalty damages. Cab companies may violate federal wage and hour laws in one of two ways:
1) Failure to pay employee drivers at least the minimum hourly wage: Employees must be paid at least $7.25 for all hours worked during each shift. Many drivers do not make enough in fares and tips to meet this requirement.
Furthermore, if your employer does not keep a record of your tips, these tips do not count toward the calculation of your hourly wage. For example:
2) Misclassification of drivers as independent contractors: Many cab companies classify their drivers as independent contractors to avoid providing the protections that employees receive, including the minimum wage.
The law states that drivers should be classified as employees if they are economically dependent upon the cab company to earn a living. Several factors indicate an employee status for most taxi cab drivers:
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