In many workplace situations, the employer has the upper hand. The employer is often the one who decides when and if the employment will end and the employer has the power of pay over the employee. However, there are wage laws, including minimum wage, that help protect the rights of employees. Before an employee can effectively exercise those rights, however, the employee must be aware of those rights.
You, as an employee, likely have a strong feeling that indicates whether or not you have been wronged at work but you may not fully understand why or how. Maybe you have been forced to work overtime and then denied your overtime pay. Or maybe you have been the victim of wage theft -- when an employer fails to adequately pay you for the time you have worked. There are many different ways that your rights may be violated when it comes to wages and hours. Wage and hour disputes may include disputes over contracts or the misclassification of employees.
When your rights have been violated as an employee, you may have the right to challenge your employer's actions in court and institute a claim to recover what you have lost or been denied. Success is not always easy or guaranteed, however, especially without the assistance of an experienced attorney.
Attorneys can explain the laws protecting you, including wage laws, overtime laws and the Family and Medical Leave Act. They can help you understand the ways in which these laws apply to your situation and develop a strategy for the best way to proceed. No employee should let their rights be violated without holding the employer accountable. Visit our wage and hour disputes page for more information.