Employment Law

The Consequences of Wage Violations

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Employment Law, Overtime Pay

Many problems can arise in the workplace. Employers are responsible for fostering an environment suitable to the productivity and needs of their employees. Employees need to be compensated fairly for the work that they do. Many employers violate proper wage compensation protocol in order to save money. Fortunately, employees can hold their employers accountable for unfair or unsatisfactory compensation.

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, some common wage violations are underpaying workers for time worked before or after shifts, not paying in-home workers, not allowing lunch breaks, cutting lunch breaks short, unsanctioned paycheck deductions, not paying employees at least minimum wage, and not paying overtime wages. Employees willing to sacrifice in order to put extra time and effort into their work can be easily taken advantage of by their employers. In the event that an employee is being taken advantage of, they can suffer devastating financial consequences. Employees with additional expenses like medical bills, child support payments, or commuting fees are especially in need of full compensation for the complete time worked.

Employers can face serious fines should they be held legally accountable for not properly compensating their workers. Jobs that require unconventional shifts can often evolve into a situation where wage violations occur. Some jobs that require unconventional shift hours are hospital personnel, restaurant workers, call center employees, and adult entertainers. Lawyers will often first consult employee time cards in order to begin building a case against employers. Factors that lawyers consider when evaluating employee wage violation are gender, race, and class. Should bias of these factors be found to play a role in wage violation, the case could evolve into a more serious suit involving workplace discrimination.

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