Some of us are lucky enough to be doing a job we love. Despite this, those of us who work for somebody else trade our time, labor and expertise in exchange for a paycheck.
Most of the time, workers get paid what they are owed. But sometimes, an employer tries to get away with not paying employees the money they deserve. Workers, especially those living from paycheck to paycheck, may fear losing their jobs if they complain.
Common schemes of this type include misclassifying employees. A non-exempt employee is entitled to overtime wages when he or she puts in extra hours. But exempt employees are not legally entitled to overtime wages. To avoid paying their workers their rightful wages, some businesses try to categorize employees as exempt when they are really non-exempt.
Other times, the employer simply refuses to provide workers their full pay, or wrongfully withhold tips or commissions. Workers may also have trouble asserting their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act, or get paid less than the minimum wage in their area, which in D.C. is $13.40.
The good news is, workers in Washington, D.C. have the right to pursue their legal rights in a wage and hour dispute. An employment law attorney will be able to provide advice to anyone in a wage and hour dispute with their employer, including whether litigation is a good option.
Nobody should have to accept not getting paid what they earned, or not being able to take time off they need and are legally entitled to.