Lawyer for Overtime Claims | Minimum Wage Violations
When your employer doesn’t pay what you are legally owed for the work you do, it is the same as stealing money from you. Many of us live paycheck to paycheck, and we depend on the money we earn to feed our families and pay our bills. If you are working, but not getting paid minimum wage or not getting paid for all of the time you work, you need help. If you are putting in long hours, but are not getting the overtime pay you are entitled to, it isn’t just unfair – it is illegal. Charles Scalise and the wage and overtime attorneys at Ross Law Group are here to help make things right. We assist workers who are owed money across Texas and the United States. We have offices in Austin, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio (meetings with a lawyer in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio are by appointment only). Call us today for a free consultation. If we take your case, you pay us nothing unless we get money for you.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the wage and hour law that requires employers in the United States to pay at least minimum wage and to pay time and a half for overtime. It is a complex law with exemptions and some restrictions. Some employees are “exempt” and do not have to get overtime pay, but employers often misclassify non-exempt employees as exempt. The best thing to do if you think an employer has underpaid you is to get advice from an attorney with experience in wage and overtime claims.
What Can You Do If Your Employer Owes You Money?
When we represent you, Charles Scalise, one of the leading overtime lawyers in Texas, can quickly file a lawsuit on your behalf. Money damages in claims for unpaid overtime and unpaid or underpaid wages are calculated backward in time from the date your lawsuit is filed. You can sue a current or former employer, but your claim can only go back 2-3 years. If you wait to act, your claim could be worth less money every day! It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for complaining about or filing a valid wage claim.
Get the Ross Law Group Free Guide to Overtime Claims for information on overtime and wage claims and call us today.
Ten Ways that Employers Break the Law and Underpay Employees:
1. Deducting time for meal and other breaks even if the employee doesn’t take a break.
2. Requiring employees to work “off the clock.”
3. Paying employees by the day, by the service performed, or by the piece without ensuring that they are paid the minimum wage.
4. Misclassifying employees as “independent contractors” or “interns.”
5. Misclassifying non-exempt employees as exempt from overtime pay eligibility.
6. Paying non-exempt employees by salary and not paying overtime.
7. Deducting pay from the salaries of exempt employees if they work fewer than 40 hours in a week.
8. Giving “comp time” instead of overtime pay.
9. Failing to ensure that tipped employees make the minimum wage.
10. Forcing tipped employees to participate in tip-pooling that doesn’t comply with the law.
As many as 70% of employers violate wage laws and underpay their employees. If you think you may have a wage or overtime claim, call us today. We can represent clients in overtime claims in Texas or in any state in the United States.