Unpaid Wage Lawyers Serving Florida and Georgia

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  • Can I be fired for filing a case against my employer?
  • If I file a claim, will I have trouble getting another job?
  • Should I file with EEOC before consulting an attorney?
  • How much is my case worth?
  • How long do I have to file a claim?
  • Why should I get an attorney?

As an employee, your wages are protected by both federal and state laws. However, employers do not always follow the rules. Whether violations are caused by mistakes or deliberate attempts to take advantage of workers, those workers still suffer the loss of fair pay. Fortunately, the laws provide ways to address the problems and recover compensation for the pay you’ve been denied.

If you believe your employer has not paid you fully for your work in violation of the law, the unpaid wages lawyers at The Leach Firm are ready to help. We can determine whether your employer violated any federal or state laws. Then we will build an effective case to fight for the remedies you deserve.

Different Reasons Workers May Be Receiving Less Than They Should

Employers can violate wage laws in a variety of ways. These might include:

  • Failure to pay minimum wage
  • Not compensating employees for earned vacation time
  • Failure to pay overtime wages
  • Having employees perform work off the clock
  • Failure to pay promised commissions or bonuses
  • Not paying employees for shorter break periods
  • Holding onto a final paycheck or delaying payments

You deserve to receive fair wages for the time you work. Many employees believe they are not entitled to overtime pay, for instance, because they are paid on the basis of an annual salary rather than an hourly wage. However, federal law doesn’t see it that way. Unless your job meets specific requirements, you are entitled to overtime pay if you work more than 40 hours in a workweek.

Frequently Asked Questions About Unpaid Wages

Can I be fired for filing a case against my employer?

No. It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against employees when those employees exercise their legal rights. That includes situations where workers file claims for wage violations and where employees cooperate with investigators who are researching claims. If your employer fires you because of your actions, you have rights to file additional claims for compensation.

If I file a claim, will I have trouble getting another job?

Potential employers are not supposed to discriminate against workers who have filed claims for employment law violations. When employees exercise their legal rights and are penalized for it, that is illegal discrimination. If an employer refuses to hire you because of the claim filed in the past, you can file a claim against that potential employer for violation of employment discrimination provisions.

Should I file with the EEOC before consulting an attorney?

No. The best first step if you suspect you are the victim of wage violations or employment discrimination is to consult a dedicated employment law attorney for advice. Sometimes an EEOC claim is a necessary or advisable first step and sometimes it is not. An experienced legal advisor can help you take the right steps for your particular situation.

How much is my case worth?

The value of your claim will depend on a wide range of factors. If you should have received overtime pay for multiple hours of work over the course of many months or years, the value of your claim will be higher than if the violation only continued for a few weeks.

Where violations are deliberate or particularly harmful, a court may award additional damages as a deterrent to other employers. An unpaid wages attorney can review the circumstances of your case and provide an estimate of the value of your case.

How long do I have to file a claim?

The deadline for filing a claim depends on the particular laws you are using to support your claim. In some cases, you may have up to five years to file a claim for a willful violation. But if you are pursuing an administrative remedy, you may have much less time to act. It is best to consult an attorney as soon as you realize that your employer may have violated wage laws.

Why should I get an attorney?

If you know all the state and federal laws that apply to your situation, you have experience successfully proving violations in court and obtaining solutions to employment law problems, and you’re prepared to devote considerable time to finding the best remedy for your situation, then you may not need an attorney. Most people, however, find that the knowledge, expertise, and advocacy skills of an attorney can help them obtain the best relief and recover the maximum compensation for the harm they’ve suffered due to illegal actions by their employer.

Talk to an Experienced Unpaid Wages Lawyer to Find Out if You’re Entitled to Recover

When an employer violates your rights, you deserve to have a skilled legal advocate who will fight for fair treatment. The knowledgeable team at The Leach Firm is ready to assist. If your employer violated your rights in Florida or Georgia, contact us today to learn how we can help you get the compensation you’ve earned.