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Wage And Hour Claims – Employees

Wage theft is a significant issue in the United States. Wage theft involves any action in which an employer does not pay an employee for all of the hours he or she works or fails to pay at least the minimum wage. Wage theft comes in many forms, from simply refusing to write a check to avoiding payment through employee misclassification.

Unpaid wages remain a problem in a variety of industries.

We Hold Employers Accountable For Unpaid Wages

Fortunately, you have rights under federal and state law to get compensation for the money you earned, but were not paid. If you have an unpaid wage claim or unpaid overtime claim, we can help. At Katz Melinger PLLC, our experienced attorneys are ready to help you. We have built a reputation as skilled and effective litigators and negotiators in employment law matters, particularly in wage and hour claims.

We have obtained notable successes in holding employers accountable for unpaid wages. You can reach us to schedule your initial consultation by calling 212-460-0047. We are in New York City and represent clients in all boroughs, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County and its surrounding areas, and northern New Jersey.

Many Of Our Clients Did Not Know Their Rights Until They Spoke With Us

In a competitive job market, many employers attempt to skirt wage obligations under state and federal law, knowing that employees have little choice but to accept a lower salary or increased work hours. We protect workers from wage and hour violations in a variety of industries and income brackets in matters such as:

  • Failing to pay overtime. If you were not properly paid for overtime work in the past six years, we can help you recover the wages you are owed.
  • Working off the clock or working from home. If you are answering emails, preparing meeting agendas or otherwise doing work-related activities that benefit your employer, you are working, even if you are at home.
  • Stealing tips, not paying wages, etc. Some wage theft is overt. Stealing tips, refusing to give a worker his or her last paycheck or withholding promised benefits is stealing. You can obtain compensation if your previous or current employer has committed theft against you.
  • Not providing adequate meal and rest breaks. You may be entitled to meal and rest breaks for every shift you work.

Because we are experienced in claims for wage and hour violations, we know the questions to ask of you and your employer. We can help you document your hours worked.

We will thoroughly investigate your case and provide you with a clear, honest assessment. In addition, we will help you understand the full amount you are owed. For some violations, you may be owed more compensation than for just the number of hours you worked.

Worker Misclassification

Many wage and hour violations take the form of worker misclassification under the New York Labor Law and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

At Katz Melinger PLLC, we can help you understand whether you are legitimately exempt from the overtime requirements spelled out in the FLSA or are nonexempt and entitled to the benefits associated with that classification. For a complete analysis of whether you are owed overtime as an employee, contact our office at 212-460-0047.

We Represent Salaried Employees In Overtime Claims

Many salaried employees assume that they are not entitled to overtime. This is a common misconception. Generally, executives, administrators, professional employees and commissioned salespeople are exempt, although there are exceptions. Most other employees, even if salaried, are entitled to overtime.

Administrative And Management Positions

Employers may attempt to avoid paying overtime by having managers and assistant managers work long hours for salaried wages. Such positions may or may not be exempt. Whether managers and assistant managers are exempt or nonexempt depends on the salary and duties associated with the position. If you believe you are entitled to overtime as a manager, we can help you determine the proper course of action.

Speak To Our Experienced Lawyers. We Know The Right Questions To Ask.

Unpaid wages harm employees and the economic welfare of workers in a variety of industries. If you have not been paid all you are entitled to under the law, contact the knowledgeable attorneys at Katz Melinger PLLC to schedule an initial consultation. We will help you protect your rights. You can reach us at 212-460-0047 or online.