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Are you a victim of wage theft?

On Behalf of | Apr 30, 2024 | Wage & Hour Laws |

Wage theft is a prevalent issue in many workplaces across the country. According to a recent report, workers in the U.S. lose billions of dollars each year due to wage theft despite the various laws in place to protect them.

Wage theft can take many forms, including:

  • Minimum wage and overtime violations
  • Misclassification as an independent contractor 
  • Unpaid off-the-clock-work
  • Illegal deductions
  • Meal and rest break violations, among others

Getting paid less than you deserve can lead to financial hardship, and it’s only fair you get fair compensation for the work you do. If you believe you are a victim of wage theft, taking proper steps can help safeguard and assert your rights. 

The steps to take

Start by gathering relevant evidence of wage theft that can help substantiate your claims. Keep records of the hours you have worked, wages earned and any communication with your employer regarding your pay. This documentation can be helpful if you need to escalate the matter.

Next, try resolving the issue with your employer through your supervisor or human resources department. Follow the proper channels at your workplace in raising such matters and explain your concerns supported by the evidence you have gathered. Sometimes, employers may not be aware of the wage theft and will rectify the situation promptly.

Should your employer refuse to address the issue or if you face retaliation for bringing it up, you should consider speaking to an attorney who can help you understand your option and what you can do to recover the wages owed to you. Remember, you have the right to be fairly paid for the work you do, even if you are employed at will.