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Many employers require workers to travel as part of their job requirements. This can include easy travel across town. This can also include more extensive travel across the state of Ohio or even elsewhere throughout the country. However, one of the most common wage violations is not paying employees for travel time. At Scott & Winters Law Firm, LLC, our Cleveland unpaid travel time attorneys have the resources necessary to investigate your employer and help you recover any wages that you may be entitled to. We will not back down from aggressive employers as we work to ensure you are treated fairly.
Whether or not you are owed overtime pay for travel time is a tricky issue due to a law called the Portal-to-Portal Act. Under this law, your commute to and from work can be unpaid. This can include very long commutes to new work sites for specific assignments. While arguably unfair to employees, that is how the federal wage law (FLSA) is written.
However, this law does not mean that all work travel is exempt from fair pay. A common violation is unpaid travel time during the workday. Home health aides who drive from one house to another, plumbers who drive from one assignment to another, or construction workers who travel between job sites during the day all must be paid for this travel time. Employees who are not paid for travel time during the workday may bring a lawsuit as a class or collective action when it applies across the board.
Uncovering instances of unpaid travel can be challenging, and it is crucial to work with a skilled attorney who has experience handling these matters. A lawyer will first examine whether or not the employer is exempt from paying worker travel through the Portal-to-Portal Act. An attorney will then examine whether or not the specific travel should be exempted under this law, which includes looking at the type of occupation in question and when the travel occurred.
Workers may be able to recover compensation for travel expenses if the investigation uncovers a wage and hour law violation. This could include unpaid wages, interest on these wages, as well as court costs and legal fees.
If you have not received proper pay from your employer for the time that you traveled from place to place as part of your job-related duties, turn to the team at Scott & Winters Law Firm for help immediately. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling complex wage and hour violations, and we know what it takes to help ensure that you recover fair compensation for these situations. When you need a Cleveland unpaid travel time attorney, contact us for a free consultation. We are available when you call (216) 912-2221.