Understanding your rights as an employee, including the minimum wage that you’re entitled to receive and your right to overtime pay, isn’t always clear. While most employees are entitled to minimum wage payments and overtime pay at a rate of 1.5 times their normal wage for any hours worked over 40 in a seven-day period, employers often break the law. If you believe that your rights have been breached, our Cleveland wage and hour attorneys can advocate for you.
If your rights under wage and hour laws have been breached, our experienced Cleveland wage and hour attorneys can help. Types of cases we work on include: Unpaid wage violations. If you have been denied overtime pay, minimum wage pay, or pay that you are entitled to as a tipped employee, call a lawyer. Your employer is breaking the law. Unpaid overtime. Most employees must be compensated for hours worked over 40 in a week at a rate of 1.5 times their normal wage; failing to pay employees overtime payment at this rate is against the law. Tipped employees. Tipped employees deserve to earn the minimum wage. While employers only have to pay tipped employees $4.40 an hour in Cleveland, this is true only if the employee makes enough in tips to make at least the minimum wage of $8.80 per hour. If not, then the employer is responsible for making up the difference. Overtime exemptions and misclassifications. Whether intentionally or not, some employees are misclassified as contractors or as exempt employees and are denied the overtime pay to which they are entitled as such. Minimum wage violations. The state minimum wage is $8.80 per hour, and most non-exempt employees are entitled to this wage. If you have been denied payment for your work at a rate of at least $8.80 per hour, you are the victim of a minimum wage violation. Frequent wage and hour issues. Some places of employment are the site of multiple wage and hour issues, from failing to pay the minimum wage to failing to pay overtime pay and more. Employers should be held responsible for these legal breaches. Prevailing wage claims. Understanding the prevailing wage can be complicated but, in essence, employees who are working on certain public projects are entitled to the prevailing wage, not the minimum wage. FLSA collective actions. When the rights of multiple employees within a single workplace have been violated in a similar manner, the employees can bring forth a collective action as a group.
If you believe that your wage and hour rights under state and federal laws have been violated, don’t hesitate to take action. By scheduling a consultation with the Cleveland wage and hour attorneys at the office of Coffman Legal, LLC, you can learn more about your rights and your options. Our legal team offers free, confidential, and no-obligation consultations where you can get the information that you need to make a decision about how you want to proceed. Please reach out to us online or by phone at your convenience to learn more about how we can help you.