It seems simple enough. The law requires everybody to be paid at least minimum wage. How could employers get that wrong? It turns out there are a lot of ways companies can and do violate the minimum wage laws. Our Columbus Ohio minimum wage attorneys takes on Ohio businesses that fail to follow the law regardless of their intent. Learn more below about minimum wages in Ohio, and contact Coffman Legal if your employer is breaking the law regarding your wages.
The minimum wage in Ohio was $8.55 an hour in 2019, it increased to $8.70 an hour in 2020, and $8.80 in 2021. For tipped employees, employers may pay a minimum wage of $4.30 an hour in 2019, $4.35 an hour in 2020, and $4.40 in 2021 – this is always set at approximately half of the full minimum wage rate. The Ohio minimum wage is significantly higher than the federal minimum wage, which is still at $7.25 an hour in general and $2.13 an hour for tipped employees. Most Ohio companies must pay their workers the Ohio minimum wage, but there are some exceptions. Businesses with revenues under $314,000 a year need only meet the federal minimum wage. Starting in 2020, this revenue threshold will be $319,000. Also, companies that legally employ 14 and 15 -year-olds only have to pay those workers the federal minimum wage.
Ohio law does exempt a variety of employees from the minimum wage requirement. Employees who do not have to be paid the minimum wage include:
Employers may run into issues with paying the minimum wage if they do not properly pay the required minimum wage, they do not pay any wages for a period of time, or they make deductions from employees’ pay that lower the employees’ rate of pay below the minimum wage. In addition, an employer may wrongly conclude that an employee is not entitled to the minimum wage or pay employees at the federal level instead of the Ohio minimum wage rate. Employers may also take the wrong tip credit for tipped employees, putting their pay below the applicable minimum wage. These are just some of the ways employers run afoul of the law requiring the payment of a minimum wage. Minimum wage violations are common in industries such as hotel and restaurant workers, among others. Ohio law frowns upon employers who do not pay the minimum wage. If you were not paid at least the applicable minimum wage, you could file a claim to recover the amount of unpaid wages plus two times such damages as liquidated damages, as well as have your attorney’s fees paid by the other party. Attorney Matthew Coffman regularly takes on employers on behalf of large classes of employees who have been underpaid because of minimum wage violations.
If you think you are not being paid appropriately and may not be receiving the minimum wage you are entitled to, call Coffman Legal at 614-949-1181 for a free consultation with our experienced and successful Columbus Ohio minimum wage & unpaid overtime attorneys.