Problems in the workplace that can result to legal cases most often are from wage theft. It is a very common work related problem that many people find and unfortunately, many workers who become victims of this do nothing to solve the problem. Not being paid the right amount of money you earn with the number of hours that you worked for in a week can be very depressing especially when you are already hard up in making ends meet. Some large corporations or even small businesses device various ways to steal wages from their employees. Some tactics are even very subtle that the employees do not realize how great the amount of money is being stolen from them.
Wage theft is fairly common and there are several ways on how it would be done such as those that are found below:
- Overtime Is Unpaid – Most employees are required to work for 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week. If you are an hourly employee and you work for more than the 40 hours in a week then you are entitled to be paid an additional amount for your overtime. Although this is true for all, there may be exemptions that are stated by the Fair Standards Act. Nevertheless, most of those who work for more than 40 hours a week should expect an overtime payment. When the employer refuses to pay or neglects to pay for your overtime, then you can seek the help of an employment law firm to build your case.
- Misclassification Of Employees – Employees of a certain company are provided with compensation in times when they get injured on the job or other compensation when they get fired. Unfortunately, those who are classified as contractors will not be able to get these compensation and some companies misclassify their employees as independent contractors just to save on the cost. They do this to avoid paying additional benefits that the employee should have received as well as the payroll taxes.
- Minimum wage Is Not Met – The minimum rate of payment for hourly employees is set by the state and local government. It is mandated that the employers follow this but there are some employers who don’t and just pay less than the minimum wage. It is important to first know the minimum wage in that area where you want to work and refuse a job that will just pay you less than what is required.
- Working Off The Clock – The time used by the employee to prepare for the job while in the workplace up to the time they spent cleaning up after their work is done are all included in the number of hours that the employee has worked. Every activity that the employee does for his job should all be counted and they shouldn’t work off the clock. Break times and lunch hour should not be used for work without additional pay.
- No Payment At All – When employees are hired, they should regularly receive their wage because of the work they did. Even if they get terminated, they should still be able to receive their last paycheck for the hours of unpaid work they did.