Dayton Employment Law Attorney
Employers are obligated to follow federal and state laws regarding overtime payment, minimum wage, proper compensation for tipped employees, and many other employment issues. However, among minimum wage workers, studies have shown that $3,300 (a quarter of their annual wages) are never paid by their employers, according to the Economic Policy Institute. For higher paid workers, this amount can quickly rise well into the five digits. Whether your employer has cheated you out of $500 or $50,000, you have the right to take action by filing a claim against your employer. Our Dayton employment law attorneys also serve clients who have been harassed, discriminated against, or wrongfully terminated by their employer, and will hold your employer accountable for their actions.
Illegal Wage and Hour Issues Our Attorneys Handle
- Overtime—Federal law requires virtually all Ohio employers to pay their employees time and a half for every hour worked over 40 in one workweek. Rounding down, miscounting hours, docking hours for any reason, or forcing an employee to “clock out” while they are still working are all common overtime wage theft practices among employers.
- Minimum Wage—Minimum wage is $8.80 an hour in Ohio. This applies to almost all employees.
- Tipped Employee Issues—There are a number of specific issues that relate to tipped employees. For instance, minimum wage for tipped workers is $4.40 in Ohio, but if their tips do not equal at least the state’s minimum wage, their employer must increase their hourly wage. Others issues include illegal tip pools, wage withholding, and forcing tipped employees to share tips with the employer.
- Prevailing Wages—Employers are obligated to compensate certain employees at the prevailing wage. If your employer has failed to do this, they can be sued for compensation.
- Withheld Wages or PTO—If an employer withholds wages for any reason, refuses to pay your wages if you leave the job, refuses to compensate you for accrued Paid Time Off, or violates the law in any other way by not compensating you for work performed, our attorneys can help.
Other Employment Law Claims
- Discrimination—Employers cannot make any employment decision that negatively affects an employee based on their race, religion, sexuality, pregnancy status, or other protected trait;
- Retaliation—Retaliation claims are the most common that are filed against employers, according to to the EEOC;
- Sexual harassment—Sexual harassment affects millions of women, as well as men, in the workplace everyday. Our attorneys can ensure that it stops happening to you.
- Hostile work environments—An employer can be held responsible for fostering a hostile work environment even if they did not directly do or say anything discriminatory or harassing themselves;
- Wrongful termination—Wrongful termination can happen due to discrimination, retaliation, or a violation of an employment contract; and
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) cases—Federal law protects employees who have to take an unpaid leave from work due to a personal or family medical issue.
Call a Dayton Employment Law Attorney
The experienced Dayton employment law attorneys at Coffman Legal, LLC will aggressively pursue maximum compensation, including up to two-times what you are owed, to ensure that justice is served. Call us today at 614-949-1181 to schedule a free consultation.