Wage theft has once only thought to be something that affects low-wage service employees. This workplace issue, however, has now become a common issue for working Americans everywhere.
Wage theft can mean that an employee is not receiving the correct wages, not receiving their overtime pay, or even not receiving their pay at all.
Understanding Wage Theft
Wage theft is officially defined as the illegal withholdings of wages, or the denial of benefits that are rightfully owed to an employee, meaning that wage theft covers a variety of situations in which an employee does not receive their contractually promised wages. There are four common types of wage theft: failure to pay overtime, misclassification of an employee, underpayment of wages, and illegal deductions.
It is important for employees to know and understand their rights, especially since wage theft is direct violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA). While this set of guidelines for the required minimum wage and the payment of overtime are required by law in all workplace settings, these regulations do vary by state. It is also critical to know that wage theft can be a violation of many tax laws, and typically occurs when there is a misclassification of an employee.
Are You A Victim Of Wage Theft?
Unfortunately, wage theft can occur to anyone, anywhere. It is important to know your rights and understand if you are receiving your legally contractual pay. In the event that you feel that you are a victim of wage theft, it is critical that you take the appropriate action, directing your concerns to your employer. There may be situations in which your employer has not provided a resolution, it at this time that it is best to consult with an employment attorney.
The employment attorneys at Maduff & Maduff have been specializing in overtime and wage theft for more than 20 years. From discrimination, to civil rights, to wage theft, we are fully dedicated to helping you with your employment-related issues.