When it comes to your paycheck, you expect to be paid in a timely manner and for all rightfully earned and agreed upon wages. However, billions of dollars are lost by employees annually because of their employers due to wage fraud. If you or a loved one is being taken advantage of by an employer who is refusing to pay your legally earned wages, seek legal counsel to guide you in filing a wage claim with the proper authorities and ensure you receive the maximum compensation owed by law. Contact JML Law offices in San Francisco today at 818-610-8800 for a free consultation with one of our attorneys with expertise in wage fraud claims.
Wage Fraud And Wage Theft
According to The Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2011, employers are required to “provide each employee, at the time of hiring, with a notice that specifies the rate and the basis, whether hourly, salary, commission, or otherwise, of the employee’s wages and to notify each employee in writing of any changes within 7 calendar days of the changes unless such changes are reflected on a timely wage statement or another writing, as specified.” This means that when an employee is hired, their employer must provide what is basically a written contract stating what their wages are and how they are to be paid (hourly, salary, etc.). In the event that your employer does not pay you the wages outlined in this agreement, you may then file a wage claim for the difference in owed wages and your employer faces fines and penalties for each wage violation. Examples of wage fraud could include:
- Not paying overtime
- Misclassifying employees as independent contractors
- Forcing employees to work off the clock
- Not following minimum wage laws
- Not allowing for breaks
- Bounced paychecks
What You Should Know
- Employees who perform at least two hours of work a week are entitled to minimum wage.
- An employee can not legally agree to work for under minimum wage and an employer can not ask or demand them to.
- Employers are not allowed to deduct money from your paycheck for anything other than what is required by law.
- If an employer’s check bounces, the law stipulates that an employee may file a wage claim to recover the loss and up to 30 days pay in addition to what is owed.
File A Wage Claim And Seek Legal Counsel
Employers committing wage fraud are putting employees and their families under financial distress and undue burdens. As an employee, you should never fear retaliation for reporting violations committed by your employer. Employers are forbidden to retaliate against any employee who reports wage violations. Ensure your rights are being protected and enforced by consulting with an experienced Wage Fraud Attorney. Contact JML Law offices in San Francisco today by calling 818-610-8800 or visit our website at www.jmllaw.com for a free consultation. Speak with a Wage Fraud Attorney in our firm who can counsel you on filing a wage claim and what to do to recover your lost wages and any compensation owed to you by law.
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