DC Wage and Hour Lawyer
The wage and hour lawyers at the Spiggle Law Firm work to protect the rights of employees and fight to make sure that workers are properly compensated for their work.
If you feel your employer has illegally failed to compensate you for your labor, a DC wage and hour lawyer could work to ensure that any violations on the part of your employer are rectified and that you receive the money that you earned. To discuss what legal options may be available to you, call and schedule a consultation with our firm today.
Types of Wage Violations
The Fair Labor Standards Act sets forth a list of criteria which employers must adhere to when paying their employees. However, there are some common violations to these laws that some workers—and even some employers—may not be aware of. For example, some employers in Washington, DC fail to pay overtime to workers who are legally required to be paid overtime. Others illegally withhold payment after firing a worker.
Other potential violations include failing to pay the minimum wage, failing to pay vacation leave, wrongfully keeping employees’ tips or sales commission, and forcing employees to work during legally allotted meal breaks.
Exempt Vs. Non-Exempt Employees
One important aspect of determining whether you have a valid claim against an employer is determining whether you are considered exempt from FLSA regulations under the law. Exempt workers are not eligible—and therefore cannot sue—for unpaid overtime, for example.
This can be a complicated affair, but an easy way to tell whether an employee is exempt is by answering three important questions. First, is the employee paid on a salary basis rather than an hourly wage? Second, does the employee earn more than $47,476 per year? Finally, are the functions performed by the employee of a high-level nature, such as holding an executive or administrative office?
If the answer to all three of those questions is “yes,” then that employee is almost certainly considered exempt from the FLSA. There are certain occupations that are exceptions to that rule, though, such as airline employees, doctors, teachers, and out-of-office salespeople.
What If Your Employee Retaliates?
Sometimes, workers who feel hard done by are reluctant to bring a claim against their employer for fear of reprisal at work. However, it is illegal for employers to retaliate after an employee brings a wage and hour claim against them. This includes retaliation in the form of firing, demotion, or withholding an earned promotion from an employee who has brought a claim against the company.
Speak with a Washington DC Wage and Hour Attorney Today
Contacting a DC wage and hour lawyer can be a strong first step in the process of reclaiming rightfully earned compensation. Our experienced wage and hour attorneys in Washington, DC could ensure your rights are protected and help you interpret and utilize complicated legal definitions and strictures to pursue a positive resolution to your case.
If you or a loved one has a wage dispute against an employer, contact us at the Spiggle Law Firm as soon as possible so you can begin recovering what you are due.