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Overtime/Wage & Hour

Overtime and Wage Hour

 

Nation Lawyers is a family firm specializing in Overtime/Wage & Hour, providing professional legal services. With years of experience in Overtime/Wage & Hour, including various cases and legal wins, Nation Lawyers is your firm of choice for Civil law. Overtime/Wage & Hour is a part of Overtime And Wages. Contact us today for a free consultation or to just talk about your case or our qualifications in relation to Overtime/Wage & Hour.

 

Everyone has the right to a fair and decent job and to be treated equally on the job. If your employer mistreats you, creates a hostile work environment, or forces you to work in unfair or illegal conditions, you have the right to file a claim against them and seek damages. Unfortunately, many employees do not speak up as they fear being retaliated against by their employers, a situation itself that can cause undue stress and emotional harm. 

 

Moreover, every employee is required to be paid for every hour of work they do, whether it is on the job site, or completed after hours at home. Too often, however, employers try to cut corners by denying employees overtime pay or forcing them to work off-the-clock. At Nation Lawyers, our team of experienced attorneys will fight for your rights in the workplace, to ensure that you are paid for the hours you work, without suffering undue harm or stress. If you need a labor and employment attorney to help you with overtime and wage hours, contact our offices today, and somewhere will be here to assist you.

 

What Can An Overtime And Wage Hour Attorney Do For Me?

 

Labor and Employment law covers a wide range of civil litigation that includes harassment, discrimination, and unfair labor practices. Whether you have been let go unfairly or harassed in the workplace, an attorney can help you regain the dignity you had stolen.

 

One of the most prevalent abuses found in the workplace deals with employee wages. Many employers will deny their staff the proper wages they are owed for a multitude of reasons, all of which are illegal under federal law. For example:

 

  • Refusal to Pay for All Work - Many employers will game the system by refusing to pay for specific tasks. For example, they will not pay you for checking emails in the morning, or for attending after-hours meetings. Sometimes this will include cleaning equipment or general start-up or close-down operations at the beginning or end of the day. These actions are illegal.

 

  • Misclassification - Employers try to misclassify employees in an attempt to pay them less than they owe, or to avoid paying overtime. This includes misclassifying employees as exempt or as independent contractors.

 

  • Not Paying the Minimum Wage - Some employers will try to pay less than the federally mandated minimum wage.

 

  • Pooling Employee Tips - Employers may force tipped employees to pool their tips so everyone can take from the pot. This is also an illegal practice.

 

If you have been subject to any of these practices, or possibly any other form of wage theft, contact our offices today for a consultation.

 

When Should I Contact A Overtime And Wage Attorney?

 

Contacting a labor and employment attorney is a serious business and should not be taken lightly. However, if you feel that you are being mistreated at work according to the law, you should contact us immediately. For example, if someone has made unwelcome remarks about your body or used racial epithets towards you at work, you may have a case for harassment. If you are a victim of “quid pro quo” harassment, where you are forced to put up with harassment to keep or move up in your job, you may have a case. If you are afraid of being retaliated against for reporting unfair wage practices, you may have a case.

 

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) ensures that you have certain rights in the workplace, especially concerning your wages. This is the law that sets the standard minimum wage and sets the work week at 40 hours before requiring employers to pay for overtime. When an employer breaks this law by paying less than the federal minimum wage or misclassifying an employee, it is called wage theft. When this happens, you need to call an attorney who will fight for you.

 

Other examples of wage theft include:

 

  • Forcing tipped employees to pool their tips
  • Forcing employees to use “comp time” instead of paying overtime
  • Forcing employees to pay for their area at work
  • Labeling an employee as a manager without the proper pay or duties

 

If you feel you have been a victim of wage theft, you need an experienced Labor and Employment attorney who will fight for you. Call the team at Nation Lawyers today!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Can an employer force me to pool my tips?

 

No, forcing you to pool your tips and share them with everyone else, even the manager, is illegal and considered to be wage theft.

 

My employer is averaging out my overtime over two weeks, causing me to earn less. Is this legal?

 

No. This is a common trick employers use to try and pay you less. Contact our offices right away if you are a victim of one of these schemes.

 

What should I do if I think I have been misclassified?

 

Employers will misclassify you to avoid having to pay you overtime. If you think that you have been misclassified, contact our offices today.

 

I am classified as an independent contractor, but I am not allowed to come and go as I please. Is this legal?

 

No. Independent contractors work for themselves, while employees work for the business. If you do not have the freedom to work your own hours to complete your tasks, you may be misclassified.

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