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Did you know the most common illegal wage and hour practices involve the following?
Hourly non-exempt employees must be compensated at the right of time-and-a-half for any hours worked over 8 in a day or over 40 in a workweek. Employees who are non-exempt are obligated to be compensated time-and-a-half for any hours worked over eight hours in a workday or over 40 hours in a workweek. Unfortunately, wage and hour claims are common, resulting from employers who refuse to protect their employees' rights or who are negligent in keeping track of hours worked.
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In many wage and hour cases, employees have been wrongfully classified as exempt employees who are not subject to the same wage and hour laws as non-exempt employees.
An exempt employee typically must:
- Be paid a salary at least double the state minimum wage for full-time employment
- Primarily handle administrative, professional, or executive tasks
- Perform their job with a measure of discretion and independent judgment
If this does not describe you or your job position, you are likely a non-exempt employee and therefore entitled to overtime, minimum wage, meal breaks, and rest breaks. However, there are some exceptions to this rule and it's important for you to discuss your case with an attorney to determine your exempt or non-exempt status before pursuing a wage and hour claim.
Examples of Wage & Hour Law Violations
There are many ways that wage and hour law violations can take place. Discussing your specific situation with an attorney will give you the most accurate perspective on your case and a better understanding of how to move forward.
Wage and hour violations could include:
- Being asked to work through your scheduled lunch or break times
- Being denied commissions that were outlined in your employment agreement
- Being denied compensation for working overtime
- Being asked to open or close at a specific time but not being compensated for that time
In some cases, you may have been misclassified as a manager or contractor in order to circumvent certain wage and hour laws.
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