The law requires that you be properly compensated for your hard work. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
In some instances, companies break the law or circumvent regulations, often in an effort to cut costs. Unfortunately, when this happens, it is often the employees who suffer. In these instances, employees who are discriminated against as a result of the company breaking the law may be eligible for compensation.
When multiple individuals have identical claims against one employer, they may be able to file a class action lawsuit. In these instances, the group of employees files a lawsuit together, rather than individual employee filing separate lawsuits.
Some of the most common examples of employment class actions include:
- Misclassification of Employees: If an employer misclassifies an employee, so they do not have to pay them overtime, they may be breaking the law. In these instances, the employer may be held responsible for any damages, or under-payments, to their employees.
- Lunch Break Violation: In Wisconsin, employers choose to provide their employees with a lunch break may not have to pay them wages during the time they spend away from work. However, the nature of the lunch break that employees receive must conform to certain criteria in order for employers not to be required to pay employees during this time. Regrettably, many employers violate these requirements without providing their workers with the compensation to which they are legally entitled. If your employer unlawfully withholding pay for your lunch breaks, you may be eligible for compensation.
- Overtime Violations: Many employees work outside of just the normal hours for which they are typically paid. Working before shifts, after shifts, or bringing work home to be completed off the clock are all fairly common actions for employees in a wide range of different industries and positions. However, many workers are not aware that they may be entitled to receive compensation for this extra work. In fact, any employer aware of work activities performed off the clock by their employees is required to provide overtime pay for these workers, and companies that fail to appropriately provide overtime pay for work employees who have performed work outside of normal working hours should be held accountable for these unpaid wages. Click here to learn more about overtime violations.
- Restaurant Payment Violations: Restaurant workers are subject to substantial protections from employment violations. However, restaurant workers are more vulnerable than most employees to be the subjects of these types of violations, largely due to the way in which they are paid. For instance, tip credit and tip pooling systems, in addition to other practices, often result in restaurant workers receiving less than the minimum wage for their services. Restaurant employees deserve to make at least the minimum wage. If your employer is engaging in practices that deprive you of this right, you should take legal action to fight for the wages which you should be rightfully paid.
What to do when an employment violation occurs?
If you and your co-workers have been involved in an employment violation, be sure to document the incident through pay stubs or other documentation as appropriate.
How can Habush Help?
If you or someone you know believes that you have been paid less than the full amount to which you are entitled for your services according to the law, we can help. Contact Attorneys Jason Knutson or Breanne Snapp at 608-255-6663 to learn about your employment rights and how we can fight for you.