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If you have reason to believe that your employer in Lorain, Ohio is underpaying you or violating one of Ohio’s wage and hour laws, our wage & hour attorneys in Lorain can help you seek justice. The Lorain lawyers of Scott & Winters Law Firm, LLC can represent you during a claim or lawsuit against your employer in pursuit of financial compensation. We can help you take a stand against a violation of your rights as a worker. Contact our Lorain wage & hour attorneys for a free consultation.
Employers are legally required to obey both federal and state wage and hour laws. For example, the current minimum wage in Ohio is $10.10 per hour as of 2023. Since this is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, employers must use Ohio’s minimum wage. Paying less than this is a violation of the law, except for tipped employees. Ohio allows a tip credit of 50 percent, meaning tipped workers can receive as little as $5.05 per hour as long as they make up the difference in tips to meet the minimum wage.
In addition, all employers must provide proper overtime pay to nonexempt employees. Under Section 4111.03 of the Ohio Revised Code, employers are legally required to pay a rate of one and one-half times the worker’s normal wage rate for any hour worked in excess of 40 hours in one workweek. This requirement does not apply to employers who gross less than $150,000 per year or exempt employees. This includes certain white-collar workers and independent contractors.
You may be a victim of a wage or hour violation if your employer pays you less than what you are legally owed under state and/or federal law. Common examples of violations are:
For questions about your specific circumstances or an issue you have with your employer, consult with a Lorain wage and hour attorney.
If you are a victim of a wage or hour violation in Lorain, you may be entitled to financial compensation from your employer. Filing a claim or lawsuit could result in backpay – compensation for what your employer legally should have paid you prior to the filing of your suit. You could also receive additional compensation as a fine or penalty against your employer.
Start the legal process by documenting everything. Obtain copies of your wage and hour statements, as well as your paystubs and other employment documents. File a formal complaint about the issue with your company’s HR Department. If the error is not corrected in a timely manner by your employer, bring your complaint to the Ohio Department of Commerce. They can investigate and may take action against your employer. Finally, contact a plaintiff’s attorney for advice about what to do next.
If you need a Lorain or Cleveland wage & hour attorney, call our office for a free consultation. An attorney at Scott & Winters Law Firm, LLC can carefully review your case and explain your legal rights. We may offer to represent you in an insurance claim or lawsuit against your employer in pursuit of fair financial compensation for a wage and hour violation. Our attorneys work relentlessly to achieve the case results that their clients deserve as wronged workers in Ohio. Learn more during a free case consultation in Lorain. Contact us online or call (216) 446-8886 today.