Wage and Overtime Violations
Pennsylvania & New Jersey
GET PAID FOR YOUR WORK!
As an employee, you have the right to a reasonable wage as defined by state and federal law. You may also be entitled to overtime pay. Complex employment regulations set the standards for employee compensation.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires certain employers to pay a minimum wage to their employees and to pay overtime (one and a half times the regular hourly rate) to employees who work in excess of 40 hours per week. Not every employee is entitled to receive overtime pay since the FLSA and corresponding government regulations contain numerous exemptions. This includes the “white collar” exemptions for executive employees, administrative and professional employees, and employees working in an outside sales capacity. All of the elements of these and other exemptions must be proven as a defense by employers seeking to take advantage of the exemption.
Employers also fail to fairly pay their employees by:
- Failing to pay a correct wage for hours worked, which may lead to minimum wage violations and unlawful off-the-clock work requirements
- Refusing to pay overtime for employees who qualify
- Failing to properly categorize employees, which can deprive you of your right to overtime pay
- Refusing to timely pay employees, for example, by withholding your last paycheck after you left the company
- Paying them less on account of a protected characteristic such as gender, age, disability status, race, or sexual orientation
Employees who believe that their employer is not fairly paying them for their work should consult with an attorney from the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore, P.C.