Cleveland Frequent Wage & Hour Issues Attorney
For workers in certain industries, wage and hour issues may be something that they encounter much more frequently than they’d like to. At the law office of Coffman Legal, LLC, we bring clarity and answers to tough wage and hour situations and help employees (and employers) understand the law related to what they are entitled to make. If you are an employee in an industry where there are frequent wage and hour issues, our Cleveland frequent wage and hour issues attorneys can help. Call us today for your free consultation.
Industries Where Wage and Hour Issues Are Common
Unfortunately, employees in certain industries tend to be victims of wage and hour issues more frequently than those in other industries. Employees who might be at an increased risk of a wage and hour violation include:
- Hotel workers;
- Restaurant workers;
- Healthcare workers;
- Truck drivers;
- Exotic dancers;
- Outside sales employees;
- Computer-related workers; and
- Construction workers.
Common Types of Wage and Hour Violations
Wage and hour violations typically include one or more of the following legal breaches–
- Tipped-worker violations. If an employee is a tipped employee, their employer may be under the impression that they only have to pay them $4.40 per hour — the tipped employee minimum wage in Ohio. However, this low wage is only allowed if the employee makes at least $4.40 per hour in tips, bringing them up to the minimum wage of $8.80 per hour. If they don’t, the employer is responsible for making up the difference.
- Failure to pay overtime. Most employees are also entitled to overtime pay. Federal overtime laws state that an employee should be paid time and a half for any hours worked over 40 in a consecutive seven days. This means that for the 41st hour and beyond, the employee should be compensated at a rate of 1.5 times their regular wage.
- Minimum wage violations. Most employees throughout Cleveland are entitled to a minimum wage of $8.80 per hour. If you are not being paid the minimum wage, chances are high that your rights are being breached. Talk to an attorney immediately.
- Employee misclassifications. It’s not uncommon for an employer to either intentionally or mistakenly misclassify employees as exempt employees or contractors, which means that the employer isn’t liable for things like a minimum wage, overtime pay, and even benefits and employment taxes in some cases. If you think that you’ve been misclassified or aren’t sure, talk to an attorney.
Call Our Cleveland Frequent Wage and Hour Issues Lawyers Today
For many employers and employees throughout Cleveland, the employment law rules for workers in certain industries may be unclear and confusing. However, for employees, just because your employer isn’t clear on the law doesn’t mean that breaching your rights is OK — it’s not. If you have been a victim of a wage and hour issue, or another employment law matter, don’t hesitate to contact the Cleveland frequent wage and hour issues lawyers at the office of Coffman Legal, LLC. We offer free consultations and always work on a contingency fee basis. Call today to get started.