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If you are an Ohio worker who is underpaid, forced to work off the clock, or wrongly classified as an exempt employee, your employer might be in violation of federal and/or state labor laws. With the assistance of a skilled Ohio wage lawyer, you might be able to sue your employer and recover the compensation you are entitled to under the law.
Given below are three reasons why it’s vital to hire a dedicated lawyer if you are planning to file a wage and hour violation claim against your employer.
Wage and hour violations are not easy to detect, as employers use a wide range of dirty tricks to deny employees of their rightful pay. For instance, your employer might deduct short rest breaks from the total number of worked hours, deliberately miscalculate your overtime pay, or misclassify you as an exempt employee.
In some cases, you might not even realize that you are being taken advantage of by your employer. Only an experienced Ohio wage lawyer can find out whether your employer violated state and federal labor laws and determine the value of your claim.
If your employer is violating state and/or federal labor laws, you are unlikely to be the only victim. Many of your coworkers might also have been underpaid, which means they have a claim against the employer too. In such a scenario, an experienced Ohio wage lawyer can determine – depending on the circumstances – whether it is a good idea to file a private lawsuit against your employer or to file a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all the aggrieved employees.
One of the biggest advantages of hiring a skilled Ohio wage lawyer is that you can get a clear idea of the legal options you have and the advantages and disadvantages associated with each of those options.
For instance, in some cases, your lawyer might be able to directly negotiate with your employer for a settlement. A negotiated settlement can not only help you recover the compensation you deserve but also save you a lot of time, especially when compared to a lawsuit. In some other cases, however, filing a wage and hour claim might be your only option. Only a knowledgeable Ohio wage lawyer can give you the right advice and help you make an informed decision.
At Scott & Winters Law Firm, we strongly believe that every employee deserves to be paid for their work. If you believe that your employer has cheated you out of your rightful compensation, we can help you sue them and recover the unpaid and lost wages.
Our attorneys have an in-depth understanding of federal as well as state labor laws and can help you file a wage and hour violation claim against your employer. Over the years, we have recovered millions in lost and unpaid wages for our clients and have a track record of winning cases that are considered ‘unwinnable’ by many.
If you are in need of an experienced Ohio wage lawyer to represent you, call us today at 216-912-2221 or fill out this online contact form to schedule a free and confidential consultation with one of our wage and hour attorneys.