You work hard to earn a living and deserve to be compensated fairly. If your employer has not paid you for the work you have done, pays you less than minimum wage, or refuses to pay you overtime, they may be in wage and hour violations of both federal and state law. While standing up to your employer can feel daunting, a wage and hour violation attorney can help ensure your rights are protected and you receive the compensation to which you’re entitled.
Your work means so much more than the wages you bring home — it’s a source of dignity and identity. When an employer doesn’t pay you fairly, these things are both threatened. At Stember Cohn & Davidson-Welling LLC, our attorneys are committed to fighting for the rights of employees who have been wronged by their employers. Providing a thorough and practical evaluation in every case, we carefully assess the details of your claim and work to hold your employer accountable.
When your employer fails or refuses to provide you with your rightful wages, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Law (PMWL), and the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law (WPCL) all provide various protections. We have represented many clients with wage and hour claims.
Our attorneys represent employees in various industries for many types of wage and hour violations, including the following:
Employees in Pennsylvania are generally entitled to overtime pay of 1 1/2 times their regular pay rate for each hour worked over 40 hours in a workweek. But it’s important to note that there are executive, administrative, and professional exemptions under both the FLSA and MWL. Independent contractors are also exempt from certain wage and hour laws. Critically, if your employer claims that you were exempt from the wage and hour laws, you might still be able to pursue a claim — some employers attempt to violate the law by misclassifying employees to avoid paying their rightfully entitled wages.
The laws surrounding overtime pay and unpaid wage matters can often be confusing. The employment attorneys at Stember Cohn & Davidson-Welling take the time to listen to your concerns, advise you regarding your rights, and determine which laws apply to your situation.
In the event your current or former employer failed to pay you the wages you earned, you may be able to pursue legal action. Depending upon the specific facts and circumstances surrounding your claim — and the law that applies to your case — you might be able to recover back pay, liquidated damages, court costs, and attorney’s fees.
Before commencing a lawsuit in court, you can file a claim with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Alternatively, you can bring your case directly to court to recover your unpaid wages. But it is crucial to be aware that there are strict statute of limitations, which begins on the date the wages were due to be paid. In addition to recovering the wages you are owed, a judge might also require your employer to pay you damages in addition to your back pay award.
We know that taking a stand against your employer is not easy. Our legal team is prepared to guide you through the process of filing a wage and hour claim. Offering practical counsel and aggressive advocacy, we work relentlessly to achieve optimal results in every case.
No one should be taken advantage of by their employer. If your employer refused to pay you fairly or in accordance with the law, it might be necessary to take legal action. Stember Cohn & Davidson-Welling LLC can help ensure you secure the compensation — and the justice — you deserve for your employer’s wage and hour violations. Call (412) 338-1445 or contact us to schedule a no-fee, initial conversation to learn how we can assist you.