Alan Lescht and Associates successfully represents private sector employees in wage and hour cases in Washington, DC, Maryland, and northern Virginia.
There are many different types of wage and hour cases. Sometimes, employers simply fail to pay employees the wages they are due. However, other wage and hour violations are not so obvious. For example, an employer may, intentionally or unintentionally, misclassify employees as independent contractors, who have fewer rights than true employees. You may be able to recover damages if your employer denies you meal breaks, rest breaks, or benefits. Your employer may be breaking the law by denying you wages, overtime pay, commissions, reimbursement of business expenses, bonuses or other types of compensation. Similarly, if your employer withholds certain types of retirement benefits upon your termination, it may be breaking the law.
You have the right to be paid for your work. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that classifies employees as exempt or non-exempt. Under the FLSA, “non-exempt” employees are entitled to overtime pay and breaks; “exempt” employees are not.
“Employees” have more rights than “independent contractors.” Sometimes, workers are misclassified by accident. In other cases, employers intentionally misclassify employers to get tax benefits and to avoid having to pay overtime. Whether your employer’s mistake was intentional or accidental, misclassification affects your rights.
The District of Columbia and some states, including Maryland, have their own laws that give employees additional rights. For example, in most cases, an employer in Washington, DC, must provide a final paycheck within one business day of firing an employee.
Wage and hour laws also frequently prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who complain about unpaid wages and other violations.
Finally, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA") establishes minimum standards for employee pension and employee benefits plans.
If your employer owes you overtime or wages, misclassified you as a contractor, or retaliated against you for asking for your wages, we can help. We can determine if you have a claim, explain your rights, and give you legal advice about how to seek justice. Alan Lescht and Associates represents private sector employees in the following wage and hour matters:
Send us an email or call us at (202) 463-6036 to speak with an experienced employment attorney. Alan Lescht and Associates offers strategic and results-driven legal services to private sector employees in Washington, DC, Maryland, and northern Virginia.