Michigan Wage and Hour Attorneys

Wage and hours disputes occur frequently in the workplace and can encompass a wide range of scenarios. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other laws establish minimum wage, overtime pay and other standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in all fields of employment.

Some of the most common, and often illegal, practices used by employers are:

*Refusal to pay overtime rates as required by law.

*Failure to pay at least minimum wage.

*Withholding of wages.

*Non-payment of sales commissions upon termination.

*Misclassification of employee’s legal status.

*Request for employees to work hours without pay.

Employers who require overtime work may claim that their workers are not entitled to time and a half pay as required by law. To avoid this requirement, employers will improperly classify employees as exempt or force employees to work “off the clock.”

The FLSA allows employees to sue for unpaid overtime, damages and attorney’s fees.

It is frequently more effective to develop and litigate violations as group or class action cases. Such cases allow many workers in a company or industry to file claims together. We have found that employers who deny overtime to one employee are doing the same to others in the company. Filing group claims in wage and hour cases puts an employer on notice that its overtime pay practices will not be tolerated.

If you believe that you and/or your co-workers have been victimized in regard to questionable wage and hours practices by your employer, contact Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers. We can and want to help you.