You work hard in order to obtain a living wage. The money you make undoubtedly goes toward making many necessary purchases to meet your daily needs and the needs of your family. Though you may not work in your ideal profession, you probably still appreciate the paycheck that you receive. Unfortunately, you may notice that your paychecks are not always correct.
Even if your employer gives you a single paycheck of the wrong amount, you need to bring the issue to his or her attention. If the problem happens consistently, you may find yourself repeatedly being the victim of wage theft. This issue can cause considerable hardships to you and other workers who deserve proper compensation for your services. How do you know when wage violations occur?
Instances of wage violations
Because wage theft can come in many forms, you may not realize that it is happening to you. Your employer may have provided information that made it seem as if you should not receive pay for certain tasks or during certain times of your workday, but that information may not adhere to wage and hour laws. You may wish to stay on the lookout for the following common forms of wage violations:
- Overtime issues: If you work over your full-time hours of 40 hours in a 7-day period, you should receive overtime pay. This pay consists of your typical hourly wage multiplied by 1.5, often referred to as time and a half. If your employer does not pay you for these hours, underpays you or miscalculates your pay, he or she has violated your rights.
- Training and meetings: If your company requires that you attend work-related training, meetings, events or other similar activities, you should receive compensation. Therefore, if your employer makes attendance mandatory but does not pay you, you may be the victim of wage theft.
- Minimum wage: All hourly workers should receive minimum wage. If your paycheck does not reflect that you earned at least $7.25 per hour, which is the federal minimum wage, you may not have received proper compensation. Additionally, if an employer requires that you pay for uniforms, cover checks left unpaid by customers or provide money for other items that the company should cover, your wages may fall below the minimum wage requirement.
Obtaining your proper pay could mean the difference between having the ability to live comfortably and having to struggle to make ends meet. If you believe that your employer has committed wage and hour violations and has not attempted to correct the issues, you can find out more information on your legal options for seeking the compensation you deserve.