Companies are always trying to cut corners and increase their profits. Employee salaries and wages are often one of a company’s largest expenses. For this reason, business owners and employers sometimes try to pay their employees less than what they deserve.
These tactics are not only unfair, but they are also against the law. Unfortunately, lower wage earners are the most impacted by this type of criminal action, often leaving them without a fair living wage. When this is the case, and an employee suspects an employer of wage violations, that employee needs to speak to a Granville wage and hour attorney right away.
Violating minimum wage law is one of the most common ways employers infringe on the rights of their employees. The federal minimum wage is set at $7.25, and $2.13 for employees who receive tips. Ohio helps employees in the state earn much more than that. The Ohio minimum wage is $8.30, and $4.15 for employees that make tips.
Employers in Ohio that provide only the federal minimum wage are violating the rights of their employees. Under Ohio employment law, they are required to pay employees the state’s minimum wage standards.
Just as employers often do not pay employees a proper minimum wage, they also commonly fail to provide proper overtime pay. Ohio employment law states that any employee who works more than 40 hours in a one week period is entitled to one and one-half times their regular pay for those extra working hours.
Employers often neglect the overtime hours on an employee’s time clock card and simply pay them their regular rate, even for work performed over the 40-hour limit. In other cases, they have employees clock out first and then continue working. In this case, the employee does not get paid at all. Both practices are illegal, and employees can hold employers liable for not providing proper overtime pay.
Contractors are not granted the same rights as employees. Under Ohio’s employment laws, contractors are not guaranteed benefits, overtime pay, and many of the other perks employees often enjoy. Due to this, contractors can save a business owner money, and so they misclassify their employees as contractors.
This practice is common, and it is seen in just about every industry. Employees often are not even aware of the violation until they begin seeing discrepancies on their paycheck, or on their tax forms. In either case, the employees lose money.
Sadly, these are just a few of the most common methods employers use to violate the rights of their employees. Any employees who believe they have been cheated by their employers in any way need to speak to a Granville wage and hour attorney.
If your employer has violated your rights, know that you are protected under federal and state law. At Marshall Forman & Schlein LLC, we want to help restore your rights and get you any compensation you deserve. Do not try to take on your employer alone. Call us today or fill out our online form so we can get started reviewing your case.
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