Experienced Help with Wage and Hour Laws in Washington D.C.
One of the most insidious of employment law offenses made against employees are violations of wage and hour laws. Federal laws, like the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), provide rules for wages, how employees hours of work are calculated, how to determine overtime, and whether it applies.
If you believe your employer has violated Maryland wage and hour laws, contact our lawyers at Melehy & Associates LLC. Schedule your initial case evaluation today with our employment lawyers.
Are You Required to Work Off the Clock?
Employers often use tricks and coercion to erode the law and reduce the wages they pay to their employees. They will demand an employee stay a “few minutes” every night after closing, or insist they are too busy to allow lunches or breaks. They often misclassify employees as “managers” or “independent contractors” and force them to work significant overtime for no additional pay.
Wage Theft Is Illegal
If you have experienced a wage and hour violation in Maryland, Washington D.C., or the surrounding areas, we can assist you. Our lawyers at Melehy & Associates LLC, can help you determine if your employer is adhering to the law and if they are misclassifying you or violating other wage and hour laws; we can represent you and work to obtain compensation for your stolen hours.
Maryland Wage and Hour Misclassification
Misclassification occurs when an employee is given a title like assistant manager or manager on duty, but is required to do much the same work as any other worker. Because the employer calls them a “manager” and pays them a straight salary, it can save thousands of dollars in overtime pay when those “managers” have to work 50- or 60-hour weeks. Ironically, in many cases, such a manager may wind up working for less than minimum wage.
Are You Really Exempt?
Some workers who are covered by the FLSA, are exempt from the overtime rules. These employees are paid a salary, and have duties that usually are classified as “executive,” “professional,” or “administrative.”
What Does a Manager Do
Managers have a variety of responsibilities that can range from personnel decisions, delegating tasks, and accomplishing project goals.
- To be a manager or supervisor, you must supervise at least two other employees.
- Have duties that include genuine input into personnel decisions such as hiring, firing, or promotions.
Whether you truly are exempt may be a complex determination and some employers may use that complexity to misrepresent titles or positions as a means of extracting uncompensated overtime.
If you have questions or concerns with your job, even if you work in a “professional” workplace, our lawyers can help answer your questions and work with you to help build a case for your rightful compensation.
Contact Melehy & Associates LLC
Maryland wage and hour cases can be complex and confusing. We can help sort out the details and determine if you have a viable case of wage theft.
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