Frisco, TX – Workers who labor on construction projects are some of the most frequent victims of wage theft. Various companies and contractors will often hire these workers to perform high volumes of labor within the span of a few months or so, but they may not be paid as required by law. If this happens, the workers have the right to bring a case for their unpaid wages and the employer can potentially be fined or investigated by various government agencies at the state and federal level.
An investigation from the U.S. Department of Labor found that residential construction workers in Frisco, Texas were not paid large amounts of overtime .
Home builders were never paid overtime and lost money for taking breaks
The two main issues that led to unpaid wages were the employer paying the same base rate to workers, regardless of how many hours were worked, as well as illegal deductions for breaks. These problems led to approximately $160,000 in back wages owed to 47 people who worked for the employer. All of the workers were employees of the same resident development company that operates throughout Texas.
The Wage and Hour Division released a statement regarding missing overtime and unpaid hours, stating that these kinds of problems are some of the most common that they encounter. For example, in 2021 the Wage and Hour Division collected approximately $36 million for construction industry workers who were not compensated properly. Employers were encouraged to contact the Department of Labor if they have questions or potential issues, and they can do so without fear of enforcement measures being taken against them.
Responding to issues with wage theft
Workers who believe that they may not have been paid properly can attempt to get legal advice from an attorney, or report the problem to the Texas Workforce Commission. All employees are entitled to be paid the full amount for any work done at their employer’s discretion, as well as overtime for any hours worked beyond forty in a seven day consecutive period. An unpaid wage lawsuit will attempt to recover all of the outstanding wages, as well as other forms of damages such as interest on wages that were not paid on time as required by law.
Labor attorneys can help in Frisco
Moore and Associates is a labor law practice that deals with issues such as unpaid wages, overtime law, sexual harassment, and discrimination in Texas. Their attorneys can provide more specific advice during an initial meeting.
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