Wages And Hour Violations Help From A Premier Law Firm
Most people in this country feel overworked and underpaid. But for many Americans, it is more than mere sentiment. Many are receiving illegally low wages for their work or are being misclassified to their detriment. Others are subject to overtime violations. If you are concerned that you might not be receiving a fair wage, you need to work with a team of attorneys who can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
At Bennett & Ellison, PC, we have more than 50 years of legal experience resolving wage and hour disputes and helping clients obtain damages for their employers’ wage and hour violations. From our home office in Annapolis, we serve clients throughout Maryland. We have earned a reputation as a premier employment law firm in the area, and our lawyers are ready to help you fight for justice.
Examples Of Wage And Hour Violations
We represent clients in cases involving:
- Timely payment: Employers are required to pay the wages agreed upon in the employment contract. They are liable if these payments are not made in a timely manner.
- Adequate pay: The minimum wage in Maryland is $11.75 per hour for employers with 15 or more employees and $11.60 per hour for employers with 14 or fewer employees. Anything less than that is illegal. In many cases, employers offer wages that are too low.
- Erratic work schedules: Many jobs involve periods of time waiting for work to be assigned. Employers will often try to avoid paying their workers for the time they spend waiting for work to come in or for managers to get the work to them. But work time is work time, and you are entitled to receive payment for the time you spend waiting for work.
- Misclassification: Whether you are labeled as an employee or a contractor can make a tremendous difference to your pay and benefits. It is common for employers to misclassify their workers in order to minimize their obligations. But in many cases, this misclassification is illegal.
These are just a few of the common wage violations that employers regularly commit. If you have any suspicion that your employer is not paying you adequately or is committing other employment law violations, you should contact a lawyer from our firm right away. We can help you determine whether you have a case and assist you in filing a wage and hour claim.
Attorney Fees And Damages
If you win your case, you could be entitled to up to three times the amount of damages you have suffered, plus your employer would have to cover your attorney fees.