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Alan Lescht and Associates successfully represents federal government employees in wage and hour cases.
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 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, reimbursement of business expenses, bonuses or other types of compensation.
You have the right to be paid for your work. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that protects workers from abuse. The FLSA classifies employees as exempt or non-exempt. Under the FLSA, “non-exempt” employees are entitled to overtime pay and breaks; “exempt” employees are not.
Federal government contractors often classify employees as "independent contractors" rather than "employees." The distinction is important because 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.
Wage and hour laws also frequently prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who complain about unpaid wages and other violations.
If your employer denied you overtime or regular wages, misclassified you as an independent 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 federal 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 federal government employees around the world.
Defendant employed our client as a household employee. She retained us after her Defendant refused to pay her wages for time worked. We filed a lawsuit on her behalf in Montgomery County Circuit Court, and obtained a jury verdict finding a violation of the Maryland Wage Payment Act. The jury awarded our client her wages and attorney’s fees.
Defendant, Car-Life Enterprises, failed to pay our client overtime wages that he was entitled to. We filed suit on his behalf in Circuit Court for Charles County Virginia. We successfully persuaded the court that our client was entitled to overtime wages. The court ordered Defendant to pay unpaid overtime wages and attorney’s fees.
Our client retained us after his employer cut his wages and refused to pay his accrued vacation benefits after our client quit. We brought an arbitration claim on our client’s behalf. The arbitrator found that our client’s employment contract required an agreement by both parties in order for the company to cut his pay and found that wages were not withheld as a result of a bona fide dispute. Accordingly, he ordered an award equal to three times the unpaid wages plus attorney’s fees and costs.