Lewisville, TX – Wage theft is a serious problem for workers in Texas and other states. Employers often find ways to pay workers much less than they are actually owed, either due to mistakes, ignorance of labor laws, or to save money at the worker’s expense. Whenever a person feels that they have not been paid properly for their labor, they can get assistance by contacting a local employment attorney and the Texas Workforce Commission. If formal legal action is taken, the employer will be required to pay the person the total amount they are owed, but problems can persist if improper pay practices are not corrected.
Businesses can become dependent on wage theft
Some workplaces can choose to hire workers without proper authorization to work legally in the United States and members of other vulnerable groups. They often assume that these people are less likely to report workplace problems and seek out legal representation. This can cause the business to become dependent on underpaying workers, and they will continue to integrate low and improper wages into their business model. This can affect more workers over time if the employer is not reported and reprimanded.
Another obvious consequence of illegal pay practices is how taxes can be under or overpaid. A business that is not paying its workers properly and keeping the right kinds of records will likely not be paying the proper amount that they owe in taxes. Workers can also have their taxes affected if they did not receive as much pay as they anticipated, and they can even end up paying taxes on wages that they never actually took home.
Minimum wage laws are not respected
A common type of wage theft is when a worker is paid less than the relevant minimum wage. All workers in Texas must be paid at least the federal minimum wage, and other states have chosen to make their minimum wage even higher. Some employers may try to mislead their workers regarding the actual minimum wage that applies to them as a way of paying a lower amount. Employers can be fined for these practices, although there is no guarantee that they will be caught and disciplined.
Labor attorneys are available to help workers in Texas
Moore and Associates is an employment law practice that assists local clients in Lewisville and other parts of Texas. Their attorneys are dedicated to helping people with workplace issues related to unpaid wages, sexual harassment, overtime law, discrimination, and minimum wage violations.
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