Employee Wage & Hour Claims

Federal law protects workers from unfair employment practices when it comes to wages, hours worked, and even the terms and conditions of employment. If you are not being compensated fairly or in compliance with the law, you and your co-workers may be entitled to relief under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). We are dedicated to standing up for the rights of workers who have not been compensated for working overtime, working off the clock or for illegal unpaid meal breaks.

How Do I Know If I Have A Wage And Hour Claim?

It may not be immediately clear that your employer is violating federal laws and infringing on your rights as an employee. Your employer may be engaging in illegal practices if:

  • You are being forced to work off the clock without pay
  • You work more than eight hours a day or 40 hours a week without overtime pay
  • You are not permitted to take breaks or you are not compensated during meal breaks
  • You are a salaried employee who does not receive compensation for overtime
  • You make less than minimum wage

If you suspect that you are being treated unfairly by your employer, contact us and we can help you determine whether your employer has violated state or federal law.

We Will Stand Up To Your Employer On Your Behalf

One of the most common ways employers attempt to get around paying overtime is by misclassifying workers as supervisors or independent thinkers, who are overtime exempt. For example, our employment law attorneys represented a scheduler who was classified as an independent thinker by her employer, and therefore not eligible for overtime payments. In our wage and hour lawsuit, we proved that the scheduler was eligible for overtime pay because she had a boss who told her what to do, and therefore shouldn't have been classified as an independent thinker.

Overtime pay is only one of the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This federal law also covers the payment of incentives and commissions, employee chargebacks, and unpaid wait time. Unpaid wait time is any time that you are required to be at work before your paid work begins.

For example, some companies require employees to show up 15 minutes before their shift begins to change into their work uniforms. Other employers expect employees to be on call without compensation. In one case our lawyers handled, a bank employer expected an employee to log onto 14 different computer systems before her paid work shift began. All of these are examples of unpaid wait time and are illegal under federal law.

Call Our Office To Find Out If Your Employer Is Violating Your Rights

If your employer is violating federal labor laws by not compensating employees for working overtime, for working off the clock, or for required meal and rest breaks, contact us for a free consultation with an experienced wage and hour claim lawyer by calling 401-400-3841 or 401-594-4365 or by submitting an online contact form.