How to Know if You Have a Wage-and-Hour Lawsuit
Whatever your place of work may be, you always want your employer to compensate you fairly and in accordance with the law. All too often, employers try to skirt the law by, among other things, misclassifying employees as “exempt” from overtime or by falsely labeling them as “independent contractors.”
If you aren’t receiving proper minimum wage or overtime pay or if you’ve been denied breaks or you’re forced to work off-the-clock, you may be entitled to bring a wage-and-hour lawsuit which could result in double the amount of the unpaid wages owed. You don’t have to navigate the legal minefield alone; our experienced lawyers want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Taking the time and effort to fight for your rights could pay off in the long run.
When to File
Lawsuits for unpaid wages are subject to strict statutes of limitations, some of which are as short as two years. Therefore, it is important to act quickly to protect your rights.
Why Pursue a Lawsuit?
If you believe you are entitled to compensation because of your lack of pay, you’ll likely allege that your employer broke laws that fall under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and/or comparable state wage laws. It is through these laws that the requirements for minimum wage, time and a half, overtime wages and many other work-related laws exist. It’s also important to know that non-exempt employees cannot work “off the clock” if they are not being paid. Currently, the wage laws require that non-exempt employees receive 1.5 times his or her regular wage rate for all hours over 40 hours in any given workweek.
Stephan Zouras, LLP Can Help
We are nationally recognized in wage-and-hour litigation and we know what it takes to win a lawsuit. If you have questions about whether or not your situation is grounds for a lawsuit or if you need help establishing your case, our attorneys are ready and willing to guide you.