Corpus Christi, TX – American workers, including those in Texas, lose millions of dollars a year because of unpaid wages. Anytime an employer fails to pay a person properly for all of the hours that they have worked, they have committed wage theft. Many times this happens because an employer misunderstands wage laws, makes up their own rules, or simply tries to save money by not paying workers everything that they are owed. A labor law attorney can represent workers who have not been paid in a civil lawsuit to recover all of the wages that are owed.
Punishment for misconduct
Some employers believe that they are allowed to subtract from a worker’s pay as a form of punishment. This type of discipline is not permitted by law, as an employee needs to be compensated for all the time that they have actually worked,and the person must be suspended and not actually work if the employer wants to subtract from their pay. The employer is allowed to use other means to discipline a worker, but they always need to pay the person properly.
Failure to observe overtime laws
All hourly workers are entitled to receive one and one half times their standard pay rate for hours beyond forty within a seven day consecutive period. Some smaller employers may not be aware of these overtime regulations. It is also possible that the employer may be trying to save money by saying all of their workers are salaried, which is not always true.
The person quit or was fired
If a person’s position has ended for any reason, the employer can only stop paying them after they have been compensated for the time that they worked. This means that the employer is not allowed to withhold or deny the person’s final wages.
Remedies for wage theft and unpaid wages
When a person has not been paid properly, they can take legal action to receive the outstanding amount, plus other damages in some situations. The case to recover the wages can ask for the entire amount that was due to the worker, and there can potentially be other damages such as interest on late wages or liquidated damages.
Employment lawyers in Texas
Moore and Associates is a labor and employment firm in Corpus Christi that handles cases related to discrimination, unpaid wages, sexual harassment, and overtime law. Those who need to speak with an employment attorney can schedule a meeting with their firm.
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