Wage & Hour Violations
Wage & Hour violations in the United States are more common than you might think. Many companies try to save money and increase their profits by denying their employees a fair living wage which results in the employee struggling to make ends meet. In many cases, employees don’t know what to do to protect their rights and continue to suffer the consequences of their company’s illegal actions.
That’s why earlier this year, Tittle & Perlmuter launched a new website dedicated specifically to wage and hour violations individuals may experience during a job.
Listed below are examples of common violations individuals can encounter during employment.
Minimum Wage Violations
The federal minimum wage is only $7.25 and $2.13 for tipped employees. But in Ohio, the minimum wage is $8.30, or $4.15 for tipped employees. Ohio and federal law require employers to pay minimum wage for each hour worked in each pay period. When an employer infringes on your rights to correct and prompt payment, they are violating the law.
Misclassification of workers is a very common violation of worker’s wage and hour rights. Employers misclassify their employees as independent contractors to save on employment taxes and the cost of benefits. Thus, when they misclassify a worker, the worker can lose out on money directly.
Failure to Pay Overtime Wages
Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) employers are required to pay their nonexempt employees overtime at a rate of 1.5 times their regular rate of pay for any hours they work above 40 in a workweek. When an employer miscalculates your overtime, you could get underpaid.
Employers often require employees to work without any payment. Time spent at the beginning and end of a shift working is on the clock time, employers must pay for it.
Are You a Victim of a Wage & Hour Violation?
The Professional Liability Underwriting Society states, “federal wage and hour lawsuits filed nationally have increased more than 400% since 2000.” To understand whether you have a valid wage & hour claim, it is important to talk with a knowledgeable attorney.
The attorneys at Tittle & Perlmuter have helped employees in nationwide recover fair wages owed to them by the wrongdoing of employers. We pursue claims under several laws designed to protect employees including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Ohio Constitution, and Ohio’s Minimum Fair Wage Standards Act. We have represented a variety of clients for unpaid overtime and minimum wages and have had experience handling both individual cases and class/ collective actions.
If you believe you are a victim of a Wage & Hour Violation, please click here to let us help you get justice!