How Employers Cheat Employees Out Of Proper Wages
Under the law, employers are required to strictly adhere to wage and hour laws under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and other Florida state regulations.
They are mandated to pay a certain wage and provide overtime pay over a 40-hour workweek, among other stipulations.
However, there are many exemptions to these requirements. Oftentimes, employers deliberately misclassify employees so they can fall under an exemption category. Such acts are illegal. An employer who wrongfully misclassifies an employee could be liable under the law.
Ways In Which Employers Cheat Employees
Various misclassifications by an employer can include:
- Classifying an employee as exempt (or salaried) to avoid paying mandatory overtime pay
- Mandating an employee to perform work off the clock
- Refusing to pay preparation time that’s essential to a position, such as putting on safety gear
- Refusing to pay an employee the minimum wage stipulated under state law
Dealing With A Wage Or Overtime Dispute? Contact An Attorney.
If you’re facing an overtime or wage dispute, if your employer has misclassified you as an exempt employee, or if you’re forced to work off the clock, Boynton Beach, Florida, wage and hour attorneys with the Law Office of William M. Julien, P.A., can help you recover damages.
Successful wage and hour claims generally allow an employee to recover double back pay, plus their attorney’s fees and court costs.
Over 29 years of experience. Free consults provided to employees seeing help. No charge until a settlement or judgment is obtained in your employment law case.
If employees in your same situation faced similar issues, you case could be classified as a class action. Contact a lawyer with the firm to find out more.