Overtime Law and Minimum Wage Violations
In the United States, most workers are guaranteed certain rights which their employer cannot legally violate. Among the most important of these rights are the guaranteed minimum wage and the right to receive increased pay for overtime work. Unfortunately, not all employers properly respect these critical rights, acting in ways which deny their workers the full compensation they deserve.
Fortunately, if you have been denied the full and fair wages you have earned, you may be able to take legal action against your employer to pursue compensation for the wages you have been denied.
Most workers are entitled to minimum wages for all the hours they work. They are also required to be paid overtime for working more than 40 hours per week. There are State and Federal laws in place to protect the rights of workers, but unfortunately, these are not always upheld by employers. Some typical examples when workers’ rights are violated include:
- Not being paid for work done before or after a shift
- Not being paid for work done at home
- Being required to work during breaks
- Illegal automatic deductions from paychecks
- Failure to be paid minimum wage
- Failure to be paid for overtime work
These and other violations of workers’ rights may entitle a worker to take legal action in order to redress their grievances.
Matters Now Under Investigation
At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., we have the knowledge and experience necessary to investigate and represent clients in cases involving:
- Lunch Breaks
- Pre-shift Work, Post-shift Work, and Work at Home
- Information Technology (IT) Workers
- Mortgage Underwriters
- Restaurant Workers
- Nurses and Other Hospital Personnel
- Insurance Agents
- Installation and Service Technicians
- Call Center Employees
- Production and Processing Facilities
- Unlawful Pay Deductions for Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Property
If you or someone you know has suffered any type of overtime or minimum wage violation, we can help you fight to recover your hard-earned wages. Contact Jason Knutson of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 608-255-6663 to speak with a qualified legal professional and learn more about what we can do for you.
Overtime and Minimum Wage Violation FAQs
What are some common methods employers use to get out of paying their employees’ overtime pay?
There a number of tactics that employers use to cheat their employees out of the wages they have worked for and deserve, such as telling salaried employees they are not entitled to earning overtime (which is not always the case), forcing employees to complete tasks off the clock or before or after they have punched out, not paying employees for work expected to be done at home, and a host of other illegal strategies that steal from employees. Any and all work completed for an employer should be paid, and if this work is completed in any hours greater than 40 for that work, the employee is legally entitled to overtime pay for that work. When employers fail to pay employees for their work, they are committing a crime and should be held legally and financially accountable for their actions. For more information about the ways employers cheat their employees out of wages, please contact Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today.
Which job sectors are the most vulnerable to being cheated overtime pay and minimum wage?
Employers can cheat their employees of overtime pay and minimum wage in virtually any job sector, but employees in some sectors are more vulnerable to being cheated of their wages than others. Routinely, those working in labor-intensive work, such as construction work, restaurant jobs, landscape services, and agricultural work are more likely to suffer lost wages at the hands of their employer. Those with low-wage jobs are the most vulnerable to being taken advantage of by their employers, and more often than not, the employers who exploit them are not brought to justice. No employer should be allowed to exploit their workers in this way, and Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. is dedicated to bringing these criminals to justice. For more information or to speak to any of our skilled Wisconsin overtime and minimum wage attorneys, contact us today.
If my employer is not paying me the wages I deserve, what can I do?
If your employer is not paying you overtime, failing to pay you minimum wage, or not giving you the wages you have earned for work completed in any way, there are legal avenues to help you regain your lost wages and bring your employer to justice. Initially, it may be helpful to document instances of unfair pay, such as your employer changing timesheets or requiring you to work off the clock. If your employer does this to other employees, you may additionally be able to gain testimony from them to strengthen your case. Most importantly, you should get in contact with a qualified attorney in order to not only fight for your lost wages, but to advise you in how to gain evidence against your employer that will be valuable in court. For more information about how to get legal help for your situation or to speak to any of our skilled Wisconsin overtime and minimum wage violation attorneys, please contact Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today.