Attorneys In Nassau County Helping Collect Unpaid Wages
Nassau County Lawyers Help Employees Collect Unpaid Wages
Across the US and in Nassau County, workers seek assistance from attorneys, like the ones at Leeds Brown Law, PC when they believe that their employers are withholding wages.
Employees receive protection from laws such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which is one of the many national laws. Basic rights under the FLSA include things like overtime pay, minimum wages and keeping tips. The FLSA is not the only law that covers these things. There may be local and state laws like there are in Nassau County that also regulate wages and hours.
Wages belong to employees. Labor laws and employment laws are very clear about this. Businesses that steal tips, refuse to pay overtime, or keep money from employees, may be accountable for wage theft. After all, they are taking income that belongs to you.
Workers in Nassau County who want attorneys with experience to help file their unpaid wage lawsuits look no farther than Leeds Brown. Thousands of people in all types of occupations have come to us in search of representation. We have helped victims of wage theft get great results when their employees withhold their wages. It is astounding just how often wage and hour transgressions occur. One way to protect your legal rights is to understand them. We are able to counsel you on the way to obtain your wages. Our attorneys at Leeds Brown may help you and your co-workers recover gratuities, back pay, overtime, minimum wage and other money owed by your employer.
Employees File Lawsuits Against Companies For Minimum Wage Infractions
The hourly lowest wage under national law is $7.25. Our minimum wage in Nassau County is much more than $7.25 per hour, and it is even higher in certain parts of the state. It is expected to continue increasing in small increments for several years. When more than a single rate may apply, the higher one prevails.
Sometimes companies won’t pay for each of their employees’ work-time, even though they are performing labor. This often makes hourly rates drop under the minimum wage. Paying workers below the minimum wage is something that many companies do regardless of it being against the law. You should get paid for all your time. You should get paid no less than the appropriate minimum wage. If you do not, get support.
Employees Seek To Collect Unpaid Overtime From Employers
Businesses must compensate employees for all of the time they spend executing work. Overtime means the periods employees carry out work that exceed 40 hours. The overtime amount of pay is 1 1/2 times the regular amount of pay. Non-exempt employees have to get this premium for all overtime hours.
Businesses will go to the ends of the earth to get around having to pay overtime to their workers. Misclassification of exempt workers is one of the most widespread ways employers do this. Some others simply just will not compensate for additional hours employees work voicing “reasons” which have absolutely no merit. A number of businesses explain to their workers (afterward) that they won’t get paid for overtime because they needed pre-authorization to work the additional time. Employers may tell employees that they do not have to pay overtime for compulsory evening training programs. No matter how many hours workers spend carrying out work, many businesses find reasons to “reduce hours” so they don’t surpass 40.
Declining to pay overtime in these ways violates several wage and hour regulations. Employers might be accountable for paying employees for all the overtime they refused to pay as well as added money. Extra damages can include lawyers’ fees. Employers might have to pay civil fines also.
Workers Keep Tips
Theft of tips is troublesome for many employees in both the hospitality and food service sectors. Gratuities belong to employees who are earning them. At least that is the law in Nassau County. Restaurant owners and managers are not entitled to retain the tips of employees.
Tip pools aren’t unusual in restaurants. However, some businesses attempt to create illegitimate ones. These tip pools typically have ineligible participants. Remember, tip pools can only be lawful when every worker taking part is one who “regularly receives” gratuities. Valid tip pools may include employees who serve drinks and food but not employees who work within the cooking area.
In Nassau County, businesses may take a part of employees’ gratuities when customers pay by charge card. The money is expected to go towards transaction costs. The employers are not deducting the money for their own use. It’s actually going to the card issuers.
Hotel and restaurant workers in Nassau County benefit from the long-standing assumption that gratuities are the property of the workers who toil hard to earn them. For instance, when restaurants add services fees to invoices for large parties or catered events, the assumption is that the money goes to the employees. Customers must receive clear notice if employers want to lawfully keep this money. The employers must tell customers specifically that the funds are not for gratuities. If diners do not get the proper notice, those charges may belong to the servers.
Additionally, there are tip-credit regulations that allow companies to pay tipped employees below the regular minimum wage for their hourly rate. Employers can be perplexed by precisely how to utilize and calculate tip credits. The end results? Hard working workers collecting lesser pay than they should and employers lining their wallets.
Get Help Recovering Your Unpaid Wages
Companies have sufficient opportunity to underpay their workers. At times, employers commit blatant violations of overtime regulations. Often, businesses use tips incorrectly, either retaining them or misapplying tip credits. Will your employer compensate you if you stay later or work on your lunch hour? With time, nominal withholdings of your lawful wages may add up to substantial financial setbacks.
If you think you have small wage problems, try to take care of them by speaking to somebody at your job. Try the human resources department, payroll office or your supervisor. Occasionally paperwork mistakes or oversight cause irregularities. It might be easy for somebody to take care of the issue. Make sure you comply with whatever official procedures your employer has, if any.
Call Us To File Unpaid Wage Claims
Consider speaking to experienced unpaid wage attorneys representing people in Nassau County and across the nation, if you’re unable to handle your wage and hour problem. Earnings belong to workers. You have protection under the law that we can help uphold.
Your employer may not retaliate against you for asserting your rights. We can help with unlawful retaliation also. You can’t be penalized for seeking to collect your legal wages. Your employer may not demote you or fire you.
We have over 20 years of experience assisting employees like you to recover wages, unpaid overtime, and tips. Contact Leeds Brown for more information. Find out if you have a valid lawsuit today. Call 1-800-585-4658 to speak with our unpaid wage lawyers serving Nassau County.