You may not think of stealing as an issue you encounter often in the employment context, but wage theft by employers is a more serious problem than you might expect. The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) conducted a study on employer violations of wage laws in the 10 most populous US states, including Ohio. On average, employees are robbed of $3,300 per year due to companies failing to comply with regulations on minimum wage, overtime, and other pay-related issues. A total of 2.4 million workers in all demographic categories are affected by unpaid wage violations.

Payment of wages is one of the most fundamental components of the employee-employer relationship, so it is critical to take action if you are the subject of wage theft. Our team at Coffman Legal, LLC can assist with your legal remedies to ensure you receive all amounts you deserve by law. Please contact our firm to set up a no-cost case evaluation with one of our Canton unpaid wage violations attorneys today. You might also benefit from reviewing some important information about your rights.

How Ohio Employers Violate Wage Laws

Some unlawful acts by employers are obvious and overt, while others are more difficult to identify. Additional EPI statistics reveals some of the most common unpaid wage violations:

  • Minimum Wage: Employers are required to pay at least $8.80 per hour under state law, but 5.5 percent of Ohio employees receive less than this amount.
  • Payment of Overtime: Companies violate the law by not paying at least 1.5 times the average wage when an employee works more than 40 hours a week.
  • Wages for Tipped Employees: Ohio’s minimum wage for tipped employees is $4.40, though some employers shirk the law by allowing unlawful tip pools or misapplying the tip credit.
  • Misclassification: Some companies will treat an employee as an independent contractor to avoid complying with minimum wage laws, while other employers will consider a worker as exempt to evade overtime regulations.

Strategies for Addressing Unpaid Wage Violations

Wage theft is unlawful, so state and federal laws provide employees with options for seeking justice and getting the amounts they deserve. You can file a complaint with the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Wage & Hour Administration, but you may also initiate litigation to obtain back pay. The Canton unpaid wage violations lawyers at Coffman Legal, LLC will deliver essential legal support by:

  • Conducting an investigation to obtain important evidence;
  • Discussing settlement and attempting to negotiate an agreement with your employer regarding unpaid wages;
  • Drafting the complaint to initiate a civil lawsuit in court;
  • Attending court appearances and motion hearings; and
  • Representing your interests at trial.

It is our goal to obtain all unpaid wages owed to you, along with attorneys’ fees, court costs, and other damages allowed by law.

Set Up a Consultation with Our Canton Unpaid Wage Violations Attorneys

If you were the subject of wage theft or similar misconduct, please contact Coffman Legal, LLC right away. You can schedule a free case assessment with a skilled Canton unpaid wage violations lawyer by calling 614-949-1181 or visiting our website.

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