Are you being paid a fair wage according to state and federal labor laws? Are you being asked or required to work hours that are unlawful in some way? Or are you an employer being sued by an employee claiming unfair wages or hours? Whatever side of the case you’re on, you need an employment lawyer on your side.
Under the umbrella of employment law, a wage and hour lawyer focuses on the labor laws that govern employee pay rates and the hours they can lawfully work. The attorneys of Feldman & Feldman have extensive experience representing clients in employment law matters, including wage and hour claims. We represent employers and employees, so we thoroughly understand all sides of how these cases work.
Examples of Wage and Hour Violations
Some of the most common wage and hour violations made by employers in Texas include:
- Failure to pay the proper wage for overtime, which is time and a half for any amount of time worked over 40 hours in a week.
- Failure to pay at least minimum wage for covered, nonexempt employees.
- Improper classification of an employee that results in incorrect pay.
- Failure to pay wages, sales commission, and/or bonuses due.
- False reporting/recording of work hours.
- Requiring employees to work through breaks.
- Now allowing paid sick leave.
- Using a tip pool to pay non-tipped employees.
If any of these situations have happened to you at work, you have the right to seek compensation for the wages you are owed. A wage and hour lawyer can help you file a lawsuit against your employer.
State and Federal Labor Laws
Many wage and hour laws are federally mandated. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets the minimum requirements for wages and hours, but each state can set its own higher standards. Employers are obligated to adhere to both the federal and state hour and wage laws.
What to Do if You Think Your Rights Have Been Violated
If you think you have been paid unfairly or forced to work unfair hours, document as much as possible. Keep a journal and record the dates and times you were forced to work overtime without pay, required to work without clocking in, or any other such violation. Keep pay stubs and other records to show any inequities. Contact the Houston wage and hour lawyers of Feldman & Feldman to discuss your options.
What to Do if an Employee Accuses You of a Wage and Hour Violation
If an employee accuses you of a wage or hour violation, collect whatever documentation you can showing that you paid the employee what they deserved and that the hours they worked were legitimate and legal. Then contact the Houston employment lawyers of Feldman & Feldman to discuss your options.
Why Choose Feldman & Feldman for Your Case?
Wage and hour lawsuits can be complex, which is why you need an experienced employment attorney on your side. Feldman & Feldman focuses its practice on employment law, handling numerous cases with successful outcomes. We represent employers and employees in wage and hour disputes, which gives us insight into both sides of these cases. At Feldman & Feldman we fight unwaveringly for our clients’ rights.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation.