WAGE & OVERTIME
The experienced wage and hour lawyers at Sommers Schwartz have a deep understanding of the tactics employers use to avoid paying their workers. We are well-versed in federal and Michigan employment laws. Our legal team will fight for the rights of hardworking Wayne County employees.
Wayne County Unpaid Wages & Overtime Attorney
Wage and Hour Violations
Wage theft and overtime violations can affect workers across all industries, from health care to hospitality. According to the Economic Policy Institute, around 130,000 Michigan workers experienced some form of wage theft from 2013 to 2015, with an average underpayment of $2.05 per hour. Over 61 percent of those workers were women. In total, employers improperly withheld an estimated $429 million in wages and overtime pay from workers during that period.
While every Wayne County employee can use the legal system to pursue the compensation they deserve from their employer, the process of filing a lawsuit can be complex. A skilled wage and overtime lawyer will help you navigate the court system, stand up to your employer, and protect you from retaliation for reporting unpaid wages.
If an employer in Wayne County fails to pay you the total wages you are owed in violation of wage and hour laws, our attorneys are ready to protect your rights. We can help you recover the compensation and damages you deserve under the law.
Wage & Hour Class Action Settlement for Misclassified Employees
Tip Pooling: As Michigan does not have laws addressing tip pooling and sharing, employers must follow the standards set by the FLSA. Under the FLSA, an employer may require tip pooling, a system in which tips earned by all workers are redistributed based on a set formula. Employees must be notified of this practice, which must be enforced consistently. Further, managers, supervisors, and owners are prohibited from participating in any tip pools.
Unfortunately, many employees in the service industry do not receive fair pay for their hard work—the pay they are entitled to under the law. If you receive tips as part of your pay, it is essential to know your rights, recognize the signs of wage theft, and understand your employer’s obligations under state and federal wage-and-hour laws.
Wage Violations and Worker Exploitation: Wage theft and overtime violations can affect all workers, but young employees, temporary workers, and senior workers are especially susceptible to exploitation. Workers between 16 and 17 years old and seasonal workers may be paid as little as 85 percent of the minimum wage under Michigan law. Teens may also legally receive a $4.25 training wage during the first 90 days on the job. Unfortunately, some employers may try to take advantage of young employees by underpaying them.
Level the Playing Field
Big companies are often armed with teams of lawyers. As a result, obtaining a successful outcome requires special skills and in-depth knowledge of labor laws. Sommers Schwartz is experienced in protecting the rights of employees who have suffered due to an employer’s unlawful pay practices. Our wage-and-hour lawyers do not hesitate to take on powerful companies to recover unpaid wages, overtime, and other underpayments.
The attorneys at Sommers Schwartz have the resources and experience needed to win wage-and-hour lawsuits against all types and sizes of employers. Whether a case involves a single plaintiff or thousands of employees, we are confident in our ability to provide quality representation to Wayne County workers.
Settlement to Nurses for Unpaid Off-the-Clock Work
Contact a Skilled Wayne County Unpaid Wages and Overtime Attorney
The attorneys at Sommers Schwartz, P.C., are dedicated to holding employers responsible for wage-and-hour violations against their workers. To discuss your case with a knowledgeable lawyer and determine your next steps, call 800-783-0989 for a free consultation.
A qualified Wayne County wage and overtime lawyer will guide you through the entire process of taking legal action against your employer. Our legal team will fight to protect your rights and ensure you do not suffer retaliation for speaking out.