Recognizing Wage Theft In The Workplace

Although it may not seem like a big issue to some, wage theft is the most common employment violation that occurs in the workplace across the nation. There are laws set in place in the state of Illinois to ensure employers do not take advantage of their employees, one being wages. It is required for an employer to pay an employee the proper amount of wages through check or direct deposit.

The following is what is required to show in writing when an employer pays an employee:

– Hours worked through the course of the time period
– Hourly wage
– Any overtime wages and hours
– Gross wages
– Deductions (tax)
– wages

In addition, employers are required to pay the proper amount of wages to the employees between a time period, which includes the following:

– Daily
– Weekly
– Bi-weekly
– Executive Exempt Employees (21 days)

If you are an employee and feel that you have not been receiving any of the things above, then it may be time to take action:

Directly contact your employer: If you feel that you are being taken advantage of and to clear up the confusion on both sides, talking to your employer generally will fix any of the complications. It is essential to document in writing what you feel is missing whether it is not being paid on time or not being paid enough.

Take further action:
 If your complaint is still not acknowledged by your employer, it is time to take further action. You have many options in this unique situation, such as filing a complaint to the Federal Department of Labor, Illinois Department of Labor, and other organizations that will support you.

Most of all, if you feel your complaint has not been accommodated, consult with our highly experienced attorneys at Maduff & Maduff, who have been practicing employment law for over 20 years.

For more information or to learn more about how we can support you, contact Maduff & Maduff today.