- Do you regularly work over 40 hours each week, but aren't paid time the overtime rate of time and a half?
- Are you making less than minimum wage?
- Does your employer consider you to be an independent contractor, even though you're fairly certain you should actually be labeled as an employee?
If any of these situations sound familiar, you may be the victim of wage theft in Indiana. Employers are expected to operate under certain rules and laws, and when they fail to do so, they can and should be held accountable. Employment law attorney Rob Hunt can help you figure out if you're being cheated out of wages, and pursue the appropriate legal action to reach a fair settlement with your employer.
Call us today at 317-743-0614 for a free consultation with one of our employment attorneys.
How Employers Usually Violate Wage and Hour Laws
Some employers engage in a number of sketchy practices to avoid paying their employees what they have actually earned. They try to skate by, assuming that their employees do not understand the laws protecting their wages. The laws your employer could be breaking may be glaringly obvious, or they may only be apparent with a little digging—that's why it is important to speak with an experienced Indiana employment attorney if you have the slightest inclination that something isn't right with the way you're being paid.
There Are Three Main Laws That Dishonest Employers Will Typically Violate. They Include:
- Overtime Law. Overtime law violations mean that you were not paid properly for the time you worked over 40 hours in a week. This could happen because you were told to clock out and then finish working, you were not paid the overtime rate of time and a half, you were misclassified as an "exempt" employee, or you weren't paid for any break time under 20 minutes long.
- Minimum Wage Law. Employers must pay a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour according to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Minimum wage violations frequently happen because of issues with tips or commissions not being handled correctly, a restaurant forcing an employee to pay for customers who do not pay their bills, cashiers being subject to illegal reimbursement deduction policies for cash register shortages, or an employee being required to take on the costs associated with buying and maintaining specific uniforms.
- Unpaid Wage Law. This means you were denied wages for any number of reasons, including those that fall under overtime law and minimum wage law. Other violations include making illegal deductions from paychecks, not paying an employee all wages earned within 10 business days of the end of a pay period, and not receiving a final pay in a timely fashion or at all.
You work hard for your money, so don't be afraid to make sure your take-home pay is correct.
To Learn More About Federal and State Wage and Hour Laws, Explore The Links Below
- OVERTIME PAY LAW
- MINIMUM WAGE LAW
- RESTAURANT & TIPPED EMPLOYEES
- INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR MISCLASSIFICATION
- OFF THE CLOCK WORK
- TIME CLOCK ROUNDING
Contact Our Employment Lawyers Today to Learn More
Laws can vary from state to state, so if you work in Indiana, you want to make sure that you're working with an attorney who understands overtime, minimum wage, and unpaid wage laws. Attorney Rob Hunt has been practicing employment law for almost two decades, so you can be sure that The Law Office of Robert J. Hunt, LLC will know how to handle your case.
Your first consultation is free, so even if you're not sure if you have an unpaid wage case, give us a call today at 317-743-0614 and we will help you figure it out.