Every worker deserves fair pay for a fair day’s work. Workers are also entitled to reasonable, humane working conditions — including meal breaks.
In the United States, we are fortunate to have laws that protect workers’ rights to a fair wage. However, employers do not always comply with their legal obligations. They sometimes cut corners in pursuit of profits. As an employee, you should not be afraid to assert you rights in such a situation.
Experience Recovering Millions In Unpaid Wages
At the Karmel Law Firm, we are dedicated to protecting workers’ rights to fair pay. Our lawyers have decades of experience handling wage and hour claims for workers from diverse industries. With offices in downtown Chicago, Illinois, and near Grand Rapids, Michigan, we represent workers across the country.
Since our firm’s founding more than 50 years ago, we have recovered millions of dollars in unpaid wages and overtime for employees.
Certain types of employees are entitled to overtime pay — in the amount of at least time and a half — for work beyond 40 hours per week. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act establishes which types of employees are entitled to overtime. Employers sometimes refuse to pay overtime, or they misclassify employees to avoid paying it. In many jobs, unpaid overtime can build up over time to a large sum.
Missed Meal Breaks
Employees required to work through rest breaks must be paid for their work. Illinois and many other states require mandatory meal or rest breaks for certain length of shifts. Some states, such as Michigan, do not require meal breaks. However, some employees or contractors may be entitled to breaks under the terms of their contracts.
Failure To Pay Minimum Wage And Other Payment Issues
Almost all workers are entitled to earn minimum wage, with limited exceptions. If you are not receiving minimum wage — or if you are getting paid improperly, such as by cash — it is important to speak with an attorney about your rights.
Another common payment issue relates to employers’ refusal to pay commissions or bonuses. These claims hinge on the terms of your contract.
Unpaid internships can be another source of employment law violation, particularly for college students who invest significant time and effort into what is functionally a job without getting any compensation. At the Karmel Law Firm, we can analyze your situation and determine whether you have a claim.
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If you are not getting paid what you are entitled to receive, contact the Karmel Law Firm to discuss your situation with one of our attorneys during a free consultation. You can also call 800-459-6264.