Ensuring Fair Pay: Wage & Hour Claims from an Experienced Michigan Attorney
Workers provide valuable services to their employers on a daily basis, and deserve to be compensated fully for those services. Yet many employers cut corners on paying their staff. As a law firm committed to justice and equality in the workplace, Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Bonanni & Rivers challenges employers who fail to pay their workers fairly. Based in Royal Oak, our lawyers provide support and advice to employees all over Michigan.
Do You Have a Wage and Hour Complaint? Speak to a Qualified Employment Attorney
Employers usually find some way to disguise wage and hour violations. They may claim they are withholding wages to pay for some costly mistake you made, or that your particular job does not qualify you for overtime pay. It may be hard to tell the difference between a legitimate reason to withhold pay and a mere excuse for theft. Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Bonanni & Rivers has a long history of challenging wage and hour violations, and can determine whether your employer is stealing your rightful earnings.
Before You Settle a Wage & Hour Claim, Read This:
When you find evidence of a wage or hour violation, your employer may try to settle the case out of court. Never agree to your employer’s offer without consulting an experienced attorney. The settlement may include provisions that prevent you from speaking out against wage and hour violations in the future. Not only can this make it harder to challenge future violations, but it also prevents you from sticking up for other employees whom your employer exploits. In addition, the employer may not offer you the full value of the wages and hours they have stolen, hoping that you do not realize just how much you deserve. By consulting a qualified employment lawyer, you can avoid harmful provisions, insufficient compensation, and other pitfalls of wage and hour settlements.
How Do You Know if You Have a Wage & Hour Claim?
In order to catch your employer early and recover as much of your earnings as possible, watch out for the signs of wage and hour violations. Some of the most common, and often illegal, practices used by employers are:
- Refusal to pay overtime rates as required by law
- Failure to pay at least minimum wage
- Withholding of wages
- Non-payment of sales commissions upon termination
- Misclassification of employee’s legal status
- Request for employees to work hours without pay
Employers who require overtime work may claim that their workers are not entitled to time and a half pay as required by law. To avoid this requirement, employers will improperly classify employees as exempt or force employees to work “off the clock.”
The FLSA Allows Employees to Sue for Unpaid Overtime, Damages and Attorney’s Fees
It is frequently more effective to develop and litigate violations as group or class action cases. Such cases allow many workers in a company or industry to file claims together. We have found that employers who deny overtime to one employee are doing the same to others in the company. Filing group claims in wage and hour cases puts an employer on notice that its overtime pay practices will not be tolerated.