As an employee, you hope you're never faced with a dispute regarding your employer. Unfortunately, when it comes to wages and benefits you never know if something could go wrong. If this happens, you have every right to stand up for yourself.
There are times when employers intentionally break the law in an attempt to improve their financial situation. There are also times when employers make an unintentional mistake. Either way, employees need to know and protect their legal rights.
Here are some of the most common violations of the law concerning wages:
-- Not paying workers minimum wage.
-- Neglecting to pay overtime to employees who are eligible to receive this compensation.
-- Requiring employees to work off the clock and not paying them for the time.
-- Deducting too much money from tips that are earned.
There are many wage laws in place to protect employees. These laws are also in place to ensure that employers are familiar with what they should and should not be doing.
As an employee, if you have any reason to believe that you're not being paid in accordance with the law, you should learn more about your rights.
From there, take the time to discuss your situation with your company. You may find that a simple mix-up is responsible for the problem. If for any reason this doesn't lead to a resolution, you should then learn more about the legal steps you can take. This may be the best thing you can do if you want to receive the compensation you have rightfully earned.
Source: FindLaw, "Wages & Benefits: Overview," accessed Jan. 04, 2017