Your job is your livelihood, and you have the right to receive fair treatment and fair pay from your employer.
You work hard, and if the compensation you deserve has been wrongly withheld, the lawyers in Sommers Schwartz’s Wage & Hour Litigation Group are here to help.
Different Types of Wage & Hour Law Violations
The federal Fair Labor Standards Act and various state statutes safeguard the rights of all employees. These laws establish mandatory minimum wage rates and protect the rights of non-exempt employees to receive overtime pay for time in excess of 40 hours per week, whether or not they work on the employer’s premises, at home, or at another location.
Some employers try to circumvent federal and state law by engaging in unlawful compensation practices such as:
- Failing to pay the minimum wage
- Failing to compensate workers for overtime
- Misclassifying employees as exempt or independent contractors
- Requiring employees to work “off the clock” without pay
- Interrupting or cutting short meal breaks
- Failing to compensate workers with tips and service charges
- Failing to pay employees for time spent putting on and removing necessary clothing and equipment
- Improper record keeping
- Other industry-specific abuses and suspect business practices
If you are not being paid the current minimum wage or if your pay is being improperly withheld, you need to take legal action to hold your employer accountable. Employers can sometimes take advantage of an employee’s vulnerability and lack of knowledge concerning wage and employment laws, but you shouldn’t be the victim.
Class Action Wage & Hour Lawsuits
Many times, there is an entire group of workers whose rights are violated, and we routinely represent employees in class actions in courts across the United States. Collective action lawsuits level the playing field between individuals and powerful organizations, and are valuable tools for recovering compensation and determining the legal rights of a large group of people at one time and in one court. But collective action lawsuits can be complex and require attorneys with specialized skills and law firms with tremendous resources. That’s where Sommers Schwartz attorneys excel.
We have broad legal and practical knowledge, cultivated and honed through years of advising employees about their legal rights. We’ve prosecuted all forms of multi-plaintiff wage and hour lawsuits, ranging from small regional classes, opt-in groups of less than 100, and large nationwide classes numbering in the tens of thousands.
Contact Sommers Schwartz today to learn more about what we can do for you.