At The Law Office of John F. Rooney, V, I help people who are victims of wage theft. Anyone who is trying to earn a living deserves fair compensation for any work performed.
Employers don’t always do their part, either because they are being negligent or because they are depriving their workers on purpose. It’s theft either way. To make it worse, it’s often people who make the least who are the victims of wage theft.
Anyone who thinks he isn’t getting paid fairly may be afraid to do or say anything. People depend on their employers for money they need to live, and often they also need health insurance and other benefits. At The Law Office of John F. Rooney, we are used to helping people who are worried about fighting back.
What is Wage Theft?
There are several ways an employer may be committing wage theft. The most common ways are probably by failure to pay overtime when it is required. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employees are entitled to time and a half for any hours over 40 if they’re not exempt.
Other ways employers steal wages are by paying less than minimum wage, taking out illegal deductions, or simply not paying. Some employers simply don’t pay at all.
When employers commit wage theft, the employee and his or her family suffer. The time spent doing work could have been spent earning money somewhere else. People need money to live. Anyone who has any questions about whether their case qualifies as wage theft can call me at The Law Office of John F. Rooney.
What can an employee do to get help?
When employees ask directly for their just payments, they may be threatened with firing or demotion or even deportation. They may need a strong advocate who can ask for what they need and protect their rights.
Victims of overtime theft and other kinds of wage theft need to be paid back for the wages they didn’t receive without fear of reprisal.
Wage theft is serious. Violators have to pay back the money they owe, and can be subject to large fines and even jail time. Call The Law Office of John F. Rooney today if you or a loved may be a victim of wage theft.