Employees expect to be compensated for their work by employers without having to worry about not being paid for overtime or the correct amount for the time that they clocked. Unfortunately, some employers try to take advantage of employees by not paying them the wages or salaries that are owed. Some employers even try to pay employees below the rate mandated by local, state and federal laws.
When it comes to pursuing a claim for unpaid wages, trust the experienced attorneys at Leeds Brown Law to help you collect what you are owed. We work tirelessly on behalf of employees in New York.
Wage and Hour Law Violations in New York City
The current minimum wage in New York City depends on the number of employees that work at a business. For businesses with fewer than 10 employees, the minimum wage is $13.50 per hour. New York City businesses with more than 10 employees are subject to the minimum wage of $15.00 per hour. As of 2020, all New York City businesses will be required to pay a minimum wage of at least $15.00 per hour.
In addition, New York employees must be compensated for overtime worked. This means that employees must be paid at least 1.5 times their normal wage for each hour that they work over 40 hours in a given workweek.
New York employees are also entitled to a lunch break of at least 30 minutes each day. They may take a shorter lunch break of no less than 20 minutes if it does not impose a hardship on the employee. Employees must also get rest breaks of 15-minute intervals depending on the length of their shifts.
It is unlawful for employers to deduct or withhold pay from employees for miscellaneous items, such as broken equipment on the job or negative feedback on an employee’s performance.
Filing a Claim Under New York City Wage and Hour Law
The New York Department of Labor assists employees with making claims against their employers for unpaid wages. If you were paid below the minimum wage, not compensated properly for overtime hours worked, forced to work without adequate breaks or had your pay withheld by your employer, you may be able to report your employer to the Department of Labor.
One of the common problems that employees face in reporting their employer to the Department of Labor is that the employer may get angry and retaliate against them. Fortunately, there are laws against this. An employee cannot be treated negatively by an employer or threatened based on a report for unpaid wages filed with the Department of Labor.
If you or a loved one is fired, demoted or otherwise retaliated against by an employer for filing an unpaid wage claim, you may pursue legal action against the employer. You can recover for the wages that you were not paid and any employment opportunities you lost due to the employer’s retaliation against you. Even if you only have your hours reduced or schedule moved around to make it more difficult for you, you could still have a valid claim for retaliation against your employer. A trusted New York City employment attorney can review your case and advise you as to what possibilities you have for recovering against your employer.
Retaining an Experienced New York City Wage and Hour Law Lawyer
To successfully file a claim against your employer for unpaid wages, you should retain the services of an experienced New York City employment lawyer. At Leeds Brown Law, our firm is dedicated to representing employers with unpaid wage claims in court so that they finally get paid what they rightfully deserve. Contact our office right away if your employer owes you unpaid wages. Call us at 866-969-1283 for a free initial case evaluation by our legal team.