Oil & Gas
Wage & Hour Attorneys
There are a number of ways in which your employer can shortchange your wages in violation of federal or state legislation. For example, your employer might claim that you can not get overtime pay unless you have permission to work additional hours or refuse to pay you for time spent performing certain work-related actions (i.e. putting on safety gear, checking e-mails in the home, visiting before- and - after-hours meetings).
Employer fails to pay minimum wage: The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, but a few countries have passed legislation using a higher minimum wage. Despite state and federal laws, some workers are cheated from the minimum wage. Day-rate employees and tipped employees are especially susceptible to minimum wage violations because of how they're paid.
Company fails to cover all hours worked: Time spent searching for the advantage of your employer -- regardless of whether you are on the employer's premises -- is considered a compensable time and should be paid. Examples of compensable time include time:
- Checking emails from house
- Spinning on computers
- Cleaning equipment
- Putting on gear
- Undergoing security checks
- Working through meal breaks
- Attending training or safety classes
- Taking short breaks that last between 5 and 20 minutes
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a number of the case types we handle fall under commission theft, a wide umbrella comprising many ways employers can try and deny you cover.
Wage theft has been brought further into the public eye because almost 10,000 employees announced a lawsuit against Chipotle, alleging the firm had employees work after clocking out and they were owed lost salaries.
Their former parent company, McDonalds, has been accused of comparable practices. This type of alleged theft isn't the only type that employers have been known to utilize. Along with unpaid, off-the-clock perform, wage theft can also comprise:
- Failure to pay overtime
- Misclassifying somebody as an independent contractor to avoid paying overtime
- Failure to pay at least the minimum wage
- Struggling to offer a last payment
- Withholding hints
With some companies continually finding ways to skirt around these laws, it's necessary to have an experienced wage and hour attorney, who understands your wage theft laws inside and out to protect you in the case of theft.