Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers are required to pay employees a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, as of 2016. For non-exempt employees, employers are required to pay time and a half for any work beyond a 40-hour workweek. Additionally, if a state has a higher minimum wage than that set by federal law, the higher standard applies. However, a number of types of employment are specifically exempt from overtime.
For service-related jobs that involve direct customer interaction and tipping, specific rules apply regarding tips and minimum wage and tip pools. When a company violates wage and hour laws, they can be held financially liable for back pay and other damages. At the employment law office of Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP, we advise and represent employees who have been denied a fair wage or overtime pay by their employer. We urge you to speak with a Houston employment law attorney if you have any questions.
Bob Debes, who was recently named chair of the Wage & Hour Section at Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP, won a victory for a pair of former exotic dancers after Tiffany's Cabaret shorted them on pay. The jury found the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by not paying the dancers minimum wage. Our firm is experienced in these types of cases and prepared to win yours. If you have been asked to work off of the clock, share tips with non-tip employees, or have been classified as "exempt" when you should be "non-exempt," contact wage and hour dispute attorneys at our firm today.
If you believe your employer has violated wage or hour laws, collect as much documentation as possible in relation to the case, including pay stubs, copies of time cards, emails, posted memos, or anything else that implicates your employer. If you are being asked to work “unofficially” off the clock, making a note of work schedules and the work done can help in exposing these kinds of violations. If your job requires you to perform a certain amount of creative discretion while other parts are automated or process-driven, our lawyers can review your classification to determine if you should be classified as a non-exempt employee.
All laws and agreements related to wages and overtime are enforceable by law. We can try to force your employer to comply with laws and policies pertaining to your situation. In case a lawsuit is necessary, we can file suit for an individual worker or for groups of workers, following a thorough investigation into all the facts of your case.
If you have questions regarding wage and hour violations, contact employment law attorneys at Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP today. We can review your case and discuss the options available to you for protecting your job while recovering what is possibly owed you.
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