Understanding DC Wage Disputes
If you suspect that your employer has underpaid you or withheld any of your wages, it may be in your best interest to file a claim with the help of an experienced attorney. Regardless of which step of the process you are on, a skilled lawyer at Spiggle Law could help you in understanding DC wage disputes. Call us today and set up a consultation with a dedicated wage disputes lawyer.
Typical DC Wage Dispute Scenarios
Common wage disputes in DC involves non-payment, late payment, or underpayment of wages. Most employees must be paid regularly on a biweekly basis. It is important to note that certain employees can be paid once a month. An employee who is fired must be paid promptly the next business day, and an employee who quits must be paid on the next regularly scheduled payday or within seven days, whichever is earlier.
Context for a DC Wage Dispute
Formal wage disputes commonly occur in a variety of contexts. Workers who are at a lower end of the economic spectrum and are getting paid minimum wage could be taken advantage of. For example, they might not be paid for all of the hours they worked or may not receive overtime pay. Also, a waiter or waitress may not be allowed to keep all of their tips.
Construction workers may be at the bottom end of a payment structure that trickles from top executives down to various contractors and subcontractors, which can result in those workers going underpaid or not paid at all. Those workers at the bottom often are Hispanic or African American, and employers could take advantage of undocumented workers’ fears about being deported by not paying them the minimum wage.
On the other end of the scale, even highly paid workers can file wage claims over stock options promised in an employment contract or other bonuses, complicated commission plans, or accrued and unused paid time-off when an employee leaves.
DC Equal Pay Laws
The Federal Equal Pay Act and DC’s anti-discrimination laws prohibit unequal payment of wages. The law tends not to look so much at the title of a position but rather the actual responsibility of a job, working conditions, and skill and effort involved in determining whether employees are doing the same work for different pay. For more information about understanding DC wage disputes and employee discrimination, contact our team.
Filing a Wage Dispute Claim in DC
The first step for an employee to take in addressing a wage dispute is to ask the employer for the unpaid wages. If that does not resolve the issue, the individual should contact an attorney. DC laws are generally favorable to the employee in wage disputes, so lawyers tend to take the cases on a contingency basis.
To file a claim in a wage dispute that may violate federal law, a person should contact the Department of Labor because it has jurisdiction over federal wage laws under the Fair Labor Standards Act and other laws that govern pay on federal projects. For non-federal wage disputes in DC, claimants should contact the Office of Wage Hour Compliance. They can file a complaint in either office against an employer that has violated the law by not paying, underpaying, or paying late.
Call an Attorney Who Understands DC Wage Disputes
Regardless of the steps that you take to claim your unpaid wages, you could benefit from the guidance of a knowledgeable lawyer at Spiggle Law. Enlist the help of one of our attorneys to improve your understanding of DC wage disputes. Call us today to learn more about how we could help you. To check out our free case assessment calculator, click here.