Columbus Wage and Employment Attorney

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Ohio employees are protected under both state and federal law from being discriminated against based on a protected characteristic and from being denied a reasonable wage. If you believe that your own rights have been violated in the workplace or during the application process, it is critical to speak with an experienced Columbus wage and employment attorney who can help you hold your employer accountable.

Minimum Wage and Overtime Laws

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that requires employers to pay their hourly workers no less than $7.25 per hour. While this rate has not been adjusted in nine years, Ohio’s minimum wage is reevaluated on a yearly basis and is adjusted based on current rates of inflation. For 2018, Ohio’s minimum wage was set at $8.30, a 15 cent raise from 2017. Fortunately, federal law requires employers to apply the law that provides the most significant benefit to employees, which means that in Ohio, hourly employees are guaranteed the higher state wage.

Tipped employees, or those who work in an occupation where they regularly receive more than $30 per month in tips, are paid a bit differently. These individuals, which often include waiters and bartenders, have a minimum wage of $4.15 in Ohio, but only if their employers can prove that their tipped employees receive at least the minimum wage of $8.30 per hour when their tips are combined with their regular wages.

Besides requiring employers to pay a minimum wage to their employees, federal law also requires employers to pay overtime wages at a rate of one and one-half times their employees’ regular wage to those who work more than 40 hours per week. Salaried employees, such as executive employees, office workers, and teachers, however, are exempt from this requirement.

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for employers to attempt to avoid paying the minimum wage by purposely miscounting commissions and tips, assessing penalties against an employee’s pay, and offering trainee wages to new employees. The FLSA protects employees from this type of conduct, awarding wronged employees with back pay, attorney’s fees, liquidated damages, and in some cases, punitive damages.

Protection from Discrimination

In addition to ensuring that employees are paid fairly for their labor, federal and state law both protect employees and applicants from being discriminated against because of their:

  • Race:
  • National origin;
  • Color;
  • Sex;
  • Religion;
  • Age; and
  • Disability.

This means that employers are not allowed to permit or encourage workplace harassment, deny opportunities for raises and promotions to a person because of a protected characteristic, or offer lower wages to someone due to his or her race, sex, or age. While only companies with more than 15 employees actually fall under the purview of federal law, state law broadens these protections by applying them to all companies that employ four or more employees.

Call Today for Help with Your Case

To discuss wage and hour violations that you believe have been committed by your own employer, please contact our Columbus wage and employment lawyer Marshall & Forman, LLC at (614) 463-9790.

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