In 2007, a woman who managed an Italian restaurant sued her employer because they underpaid her, which is a violation of both state and federal laws. According to the lawsuit, the woman was promised to be paid $500 a week, but the restaurant failed to do so. The woman filed a complaint with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, a state agency that focuses on employee rights, in 2006, and the department sided with her, stating that she was owed more than $8,000. When the restaurant failed to comply with the agency's findings, she filed suit.
If an employer is not fulfilling their legal obligations, in relation to wages, wrongful termination or discrimination, it could be helpful to speak with an employment attorney. A lawyer may be able to help employees understand what rights they have and what their recourse is when dealing with employers that are not following the law.
Source: Walworth County Today, "Court finds in favor of woman denied minimum wage," Kevin Wang, Feb. 8, 2013