Employer Forcing You to Work Without Proper Pay?
Our Experienced Washington D.C. Wage Theft Attorney Fights for Workers’ Rights
Mid-level and branch managers can make their units seem more profitable – and often earn a higher bonus for themselves – if they keep payroll costs down. One way to do that is by good management. However, another way to reach that goal is by committing wage theft. In other words, by failing to pay employees their rightful wages. This is illegal. Unfortunately, wage theft happens more often than people might like to think and is even on the rise in some industries. If you are being taken advantage of by your employer, then know that you have legal rights and options in order to reclaim the wages you have lost.
Our experienced Washington D.C. wage theft attorney, Richard Seymour, has made a career out of helping hard-working people who have been wronged by their employers. For almost 50 years, he has built a sterling reputation in the D.C. area — as well as nationally and abroad — by providing exceptional legal representation to his clients. He has extensive experience handling employment disputes both in and out of a courtroom. He routinely speaks about employment law across the country and has written books for the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law. Additionally, he has experience settling wage disputes as a mediator.
What Is Wage Theft?
“Wage theft” can take several different forms, but it always involves a company unlawfully taking money from its employees. For example, companies may be found liable for wage theft if they require a worker to perform some significant work – or just to wait around – before he or she clocks in or after he or she clocks out. While the law permits some unpaid “preliminary” and “post-liminary” work, it certainly does not cover everything. The facts of each situation are very important. Further, the legal wage and hour standards vary in different parts of the country, so location is also very important when determining wage and hour claims.
Wage theft can also happen when employers give you so much work to do that you routinely have to work through meal and rest breaks, but you are not paid for the time.
Sometimes an employer simply clocks everyone out for lunch and clocks them in again a half hour later without taking into account whether the employees were actually working or not.
Wage theft also occurs when managers go into employee time records and falsify the reported time. This is a crime.
Both Federal and State laws may apply to a given situation but one law provides a better remedy. In some situations, State laws are the only laws that apply at all. Some States — chiefly those of the old Confederacy — do not do much to protect workers, so in those States the Federal laws are the only ones that apply.
Richard Seymour has litigated wage theft and wage & hour claims in both State and Federal courts, and is well aware of the differences that have to be taken into account.
What Do I Do If I Suspect Wage Theft?
No matter the circumstances of your case, wage theft is wrong. If you suspect that your employer is stealing wages from you — or from multiple employees — then you and other affected workers have the right to be paid for those lost wages.
Because of the short time periods for these wage cases, it is important to take action right away.
We Can Help with Your Wage and Hour Claims
Richard Seymour opened his employment law firm in D.C. with the ultimate goal of helping employees. If you are not getting the wages you have earned, contact our Washington D.C. wage theft attorney for more information.
Richard Seymour also has experience litigating class action lawsuits, allowing him to take on a large group of employees who have been wronged by their employer. You and any affected coworkers can schedule a meeting with him during which he can evaluate your situation to determine if your wage and hour claim is valid.
Contact our office today to schedule a meeting with Richard to discuss your case.