When you work in excess of 40 hours in a given week, if you are an hourly wage employee, your employer must pay you time and a half for any hours worked over 40. There are some places of business that try to dodge their responsibilities to you, and try to pay you less than you have earned over the course of the workweek.
There are New York state and also federal laws regarding the payment of wages and overtime earnings. Your employer must comply with these laws, or they face the potential of serious penalties in the event that you take action to collect what you are rightfully owed.
While any worker in any industry could potentially be subject to these claims, they are very common for workers in restaurants. Cooks, servers, bartenders, waitstaff and others often work over 40 hours in a week only to see their employers refuse to pay overtime.
These laws are very much “pro-employee,” meaning there are significant advantages to employees who prevail under wage and hour lawsuits, but it is up to you to bring your claims forward. As your attorney, I can help with several issues connected to your case, including:
If your employer has refused to pay you your true earnings, the amount of money that has been withheld may be substantial. You can recover all of this compensation if you are successful in your case, and, because your employer acted unlawfully, the amount of compensation is doubled as a penalty. You may also be able to recover attorney’s fees as part of your case, so that you will not have to pay out of your own pocket.
When you have unpaid wages or overtime earnings that are owed to you, I can help you pursue claims against your place of employment. I am extremely passionate about helping workers who have had their rights violated by their employers, and will work hard to help you collect what is yours.
To determine if you have claims that I can assist you with, call my office at 212-334-7398 or send me an email to arrange a time that is convenient for you.