Most Americans work to live. The American Dream encompasses the idea that people can find work, earn their keep, and provide for their families. There are countless situations where an individual can be taken advantage of by a system that sometimes seems to favor employers.
You do have options when the employment you worked so hard to secure fails to treat you justly. If you are not being paid the wages that you are entitled to by law, you do have recourse and that is where a Brandon wage and hour lawyer can assist you.
A capable attorney will fight to help you obtain the compensation that you are entitled to by law while helping to shed light on unsavory employment practices and employers who may be taking advantage of other disenfranchised employees.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes compensation guidelines that employers must follow, including minimum wage, overtime compensation, and child labor standards. These guidelines affect how employers compensate employees on federal, state, and local levels. State legislatures also set guidelines that employers must follow to remain in good standing with the law. The failure to properly comply with one or more of these rules could result in compensation for the victim of wage discrimination.
According to Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida’s minimum wage was $8.10 per hour as of January 1, 2017. An employer who fails to comply with the minimum wage may become the defendant in a civil action filed by the employee, or victim, who is not being fairly compensated. To make matters worse for the employer, in some cases the Florida State Attorney General may also bring an enforcement action to enforce compliance with the minimum wage law.
Possible FLSA Violations
Employers have previously been found liable for failure to comply with state and federal statutes governing the following issues:
- Asking an employee to work without compensation
- Unpaid vacation time
- Unpaid commission or bonus
- Meal and rest break violations
- Recordkeeping violations
- Failure to pay for preparation time Failure to adequately pay for overtime
- Failure to pay for on-call time
- Administering improper independent contractor status
- Unauthorized payroll deductions
- Improper payment delays
- Equal pay and compensation discrimination
- Illegal employer retaliation
Contact a Brandon Wage and Hour Lawyer
If you have been the victim of one of the above-listed violations, contact a Brandon wage and hour lawyer for more information. Failing to receive the wages that you are entitled to is a serious injustice, one that warrants legal representation in a court of law in most cases. A Brandon wage and hour lawyer will be prepared to research your claim, discuss the applicable law, and recommend a course of action that will help you to obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve.
In certain cases, a statute of limitations may impose a time limit on filing a claim against an employer. Keep in mind that the longer you wait to contact an attorney, the more likely it is that your claim will be time barred under the limiting statute. If you are interested in learning more about how an attorney can assist you with your case, contact a lawyer for a consultation at your earliest convenience.