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It is never acceptable for an employer to take advantage of workers and pay them less than they are owed. Our Paducah attorneys help workers who were wrongly denied overtime, underpaid, or forced to work off the clock sue their employers to recover compensation for the work they’ve done.
At Morgan & Morgan, our overtime lawyers accept cases from around the country in a wide range of employment and wage-related issues. In the last five years, our firm has handled more than 6,000 wage and hour lawsuits and recovered millions for our clients.
If you were denied overtime or weren’t properly paid, you may be able to file a lawsuit to collect compensation for unpaid wages. To learn how our Paducah wage and hour attorneys may be able to help you, please fill out our free case evaluation form today.
Who Is at Risk of Being Cheated?
Overtime abuse occurs most frequently in these industries:
- IT workers;
- Service technicians;
- Sales representatives;
- Nurses and healthcare workers;
- Tipped employees;
- Oil and gas field workers;
- Call center workers;
- Personal bankers and mortgage brokers; and
- Retail employees.
This list isn’t exhaustive. A worker in any industry who doesn’t meet exemption requirements could grapple with questions about their compensation.
Overtime Violations Aren’t Always Obvious
The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal law governing many aspects of the employer-employee relationship. It covers minimum wage, overtime, exemptions, and several other institutions vital to the protection of employees.
Most FLSA violations are not as obvious as an employer demanding you work more than 40 hours in a week without paying overtime. One of the most common methods of depriving employees of their hard-earned money is misclassification. Misclassifying an employee so they fall under the exempt category can be another way employers try to get out of paying their workers fair wages.
Employees are supposed to be compensated for the entire length of time they are furthering their employer’s business, even if it exceeds 40 hours per week. Yet some employers require their employees to perform work either before clocking in or after clocking out.
This can include requiring employees to clean up after their shift has ended, asking employees to travel through security checks or traverse across the employer’s facility to a distant work site before clocking in, or requiring employees to don required safety gear, equipment, or uniforms on site but before clocking in.
While 15 minutes a day may seem inconsequential, it adds up to more than an hour per week, more than a week per year, and perhaps several months over a career, in unpaid wages.
Wage theft is estimated to cost workers a combined $8.6 billion a year, according to a Congressional report last year. This isn’t just bad for employees — it damages working families and the economy in general.
Wage theft can take a variety of forms, including:
- Failure to pay overtime;
- Misclassifying someone as an independent contractor to avoid paying overtime;
- Failure to pay at least the minimum wage;
- Failure to provide a final payment; and
- Withholding tips.
Wage theft doesn’t stop here, and you might experience a different method of deceit, such as fluctuating overtime. An attorney can help determine if you’ve been wronged.
A Paducah Employment Attorney Can Help You Understand Your Overtime Rights
No one should be forced to work for free. When Kentucky employers abuse their positions of power to take advantage of their workers through wage and hour violations, our Paducah overtime attorneys at Morgan & Morgan know how to get justice.
If you believe your Kentucky employer has wrongfully deprived you of overtime pay, we may be able to help. To learn how our Paducah overtime attorneys may be able to help you, please fill out our free case evaluation form today.