A Law Firm Holding Employers Accountable For Wage And Hour Violations
Most people feel underappreciated and underpaid at work. While you can’t always negotiate higher hourly wages or a more generous salary, you should at least feel confident that your employer is paying you all the money that you are legally entitled to. Unfortunately, this isn’t something you can take for granted. Many Pennsylvania companies cheat their workers out of much-needed funds by violating state and federal wage and hour laws. Two of the most common problems are unpaid overtime and employee misclassification.
Standing up for your rights is much easier with the help of an experienced attorney. At The Law Office of Ralph Lamar, my practice is dedicated to protecting and advocating for workers who face discrimination, harassment, retaliation and other problems in the workplace. I have more than 32 years of legal experience in this area and a proven track record of success on behalf of my clients.
Unpaid Overtime Is A Common And Serious Problem
If you are an hourly worker in Pennsylvania, your employer is legally required to pay you for every hour that you work. Your regular hourly rate applies when working eight hours a day and 40 hours per week. But when you work more than eight hours in a day and/or more than 40 hours in a week, the additional hours are considered overtime, and you need to be paid at least 1.5 times your normal hourly wage.
Some employers try to get around these laws by citing blanket “no overtime” policies. But if you have already worked overtime, your employer cannot use this policy as a reason to deny you pay (and pay at overtime rates) for those hours.
When you contact my firm, I can help you determine if you (and perhaps other employees) have been underpaid for your time and help you take appropriate action to remedy the problem.
Are You A Salaried Worker? You May Have Been Misclassified.
Under state and federal laws, certain salaried workers are exempt from overtime eligibility. Generally, these are workers in “white collar” executive, administrative or professional roles. That being said, these job titles and descriptions are somewhat vague, which allows dishonest employers to misclassify workers as salaried when they should be hourly. If you believe you have been misclassified and have therefore been cheated out of overtime wages that you are entitled to, I can help you investigate and hold your employer accountable in court.
Reach Out Today For A Free Initial Consultation
Based in Allentown, The Law Office of Ralph Lamar serves clients throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania who work in a wide variety of industries. I may be able to help you recover pay that you were wrongfully denied, and I offer free initial consultations to help you better understand your rights and legal options. To schedule yours, call me at 610-424-2454 or fill out my online contact form.