You work hard and you deserve to get paid fairly for the work you do. However, you may face instances when an employer is not giving you the wages that you have earned. Learn below about a few situations that may warrant contacting a lawyer to file a wage or hour claim.
If your employer refuses to pay you for hours of work that you completed, you may need to take legal action. If you were underpaid due to a paycheck error, the employer is required to pay it back before the next pay period in order to avoid penalties. Even in cases where you quit or were fired, your employer is still required to pay you by the next payday following the pay period you last worked.
By federal law, employees are required to pay a minimum of $2.13 an hour to employees that collect over $30 a month in tips. If the combination of your wage and tips don’t exceed the minimum hourly federal wage—which is $7.50 an hour—your employer is required to make up that difference. If they fail to do so, they are breaking federal labor laws.
Have you been working overtime at your full-time hourly job? If so, your employer should be paying you time and a half for any hours worked over the regular 40 hours. If you are receiving your normal rate for overtime, your employer is breaking the law and you should contact your lawyer right away to file a claim.
Salaried employees are guaranteed a certain amount of pay each week, regardless of quality or quantity of work they are outputting or the number of days or hours the employee is in the office each week. If your employer decides to start docking your pay, they are breaking their agreement of the fixed compensation given to you.
Are you facing one of the situations above? Located in downtown Washington DC, The Law Firm of Stefan Shaibani, PLLC, can help you to fight for the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today to make an appointment for a consultation with an attorney. Once we fully understand your situation, we can determine what measures need to be taken and if it is necessary to file a claim against your current or former employer.