Yelp is one of the most well-known, successful online review websites. It boasts 108 million visitors per month and a total of 42 million reviews. Although Yelp does pay some writers for their reviews, the large majority of Yelp users write and submit their reviews without any pay. This has been an accepted facet of Yelp’s business model. That is, until recently.
A group of Yelp reviewers has filed a lawsuit, claiming that they should receive payment for their reviews and other related work. The suit also claims that Yelp’s business practices are in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
A spokesman from Yelp believes the lawsuit to be frivolous and “completely without merit.” The plaintiffs, on the other hand, assert that Yelp’s current model jeopardizes the security of the entire economy by cheating not only employees of their deserved wages, but also the government of Social Security and Medicare funds. The claimants seek compensation for unpaid wages, expenditure reimbursement, liquidated and statutory damage, and attorneys’ fees.
Your employer has the duty to pay you for your work. If he or she commits any of the following violations, you should seek the assistance of an experienced Washington unpaid wages attorney:
- Nonpayment of owed wages
- Nonpayment of final or overtime wages
- Withholding of payment without employee’s written consent
If you plan to file an unpaid wages claim against your employer, be sure to keep all relevant documents handy and call Teller & Associates, PLLC at (206) 324-8969 as soon as possible. We may be able to help you uncover the illegal and unfair actions of your employer so you can recover from the losses you have suffered.