Workplace violations are becoming more more common. However, there are many people out there that are unaware of their rights as employees and may not be aware that they are a victim of such violations.
Here are the most common workplace violations and what you should know in order to protect your rights.
Overtime Theft– Non-exempt employees are protected under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FSLA requires that non-exempt employees be paid 1.5 times their regular pay for any hours worked over their 40-hours in a workweek. Since nobody is perfect, there may be occasions in which your overtime pay was simply miscalculated. However, it is critical to keep track of any overtime hours that you may have worked, in order to ensure you are being paid appropriately.
Wage Theft– Wage theft can occur when an employee does not receive his or hers earned pay. Wage theft can happen with either regular or overtime pay. Any non-exempt employees that do not receive pay for the hours that they have worked, they can claim wage theft. Exempt employees can also be a victim of wage theft. However, since they do not qualify for overtime and are typically salaried employees, the likeliness that they will experience missing wages decreases.
Misclassification of Employment– There are certain professions that are not considered non-exempt, but there are many others that are not. With this said, there are some employers that may incorrectly classify an employee as exempt in order to avoid having to pay them for overtime. For this reason, it is critical to understand what classification your position qualifies for, exempt or non-exempt, ensuring that you are not experiencing a misclassification in your position.
Be sure to consult with an employment attorney immediately if you feel you are a victim of one of these workplace violations. Contact the employment attorneys at Maduff & Maduff for questions or to get started on your claim today.