Toledo Employment Law Attorney
There are both federal and state laws that employers are required to follow regarding wages, benefits, and many other workplace standards. If your employer has violated any employment laws that have negatively impacted you, you have the right to file a claim against them, and our Toledo employment law attorneys at Coffman Legal, LLC can help.
Wage and Hour Violations That Our Law Firm Represents
- Minimum Wage—In Ohio the minimum wage is $8.80 and it applies to most employees who are over the age of 16.
- Overtime—Overtime is “time and half” regular pay for every hour worked over 40 in one week. Overtime can be violated by an employer who refuses to pay the higher wage, who makes employees work off the clock, or who does not properly record employee hours.
- Tipped Employee Concerns—Ideally, the tips an employee earns keeps their overall wages above Ohio’s minimum wage. However, if tips are not substantial enough, an employer is required to raise the tipped employee’s hourly wages. If an employer is forcing tipped employees to share tips with non-tipped employees or having them spend over 20 percent of their work hours in a non-tipping job role, they are also violating labor laws.
- Withheld Wages or PTO—An employer is violating the law if they withhold wages as a form of punishment or any other reason. This includes refusing to pay an employee their last paycheck after they have left their position or not compensating an employee for their accrued Paid Time Off (PTO).
- Prevailing Wages—Some workers such as construction employees are required to be paid the prevailing wage, or an average wage paid to other workers who perform the same trade. An employer who fails to pay prevailing wages can be sued for compensation.
Other Workplace Violations
- Discrimination—According to The Balance, in June 2020 the Supreme Court upheld a decision that an employer who fires an employee for being gay or transgender is violating the Civil Rights Act. Other types of discrimination include discrimination against age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, or even parenthood.
- Retaliation—If an employee files a claim or complaint against an employer, participates in any type of state or federal investigation into the employer’s wrongdoing, or asks about pay to uncover potential discriminatory pay gaps, an employer cannot take a negative action, such as firing the employee, against them.
- Sexual harassment—According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, more than 7,500 sexual harassment cases were filed with the EEOC in 2018. Sexual harassment impacts both women and men in the workforce.
- Hostile work environments—A hostile work environment is one in which harassment is pervasive and severe enough to make essential job functions impossible for the victimized employee.
- Wrongful termination—While most workers are at-will employees, an employer cannot fire an employee because of a protected trait, or do so as a form of retaliation.
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) cases—Under the FMLA, employees who are injured/ill or give birth (or need to support a spouse or family member who recently gave birth or became injured or ill) are entitled to unpaid time off.
Speak to a Toledo Employment Law Attorney
If you are experiencing wage issues or other workplace violations, it is time to speak with an experienced Toledo employment law attorney at Coffman Legal, LLC. We will help create a claim with the appropriate evidence and will pursue the maximum compensation for the situation. Call us today at 614-949-1181 to schedule a free consultation.