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All workers in Cleveland and throughout Ohio deserve to be paid fairly. Unfortunately, there are times when employers steal wages from their workers. At Scott & Winters Law Firm, LLC, we are here to help if you need a Cleveland wage theft attorney by your side. There are various ways that wage theft occurs, and we have the resources necessary to fully investigate your allegations to help you recover any compensation you may be entitled to. Let us get to work on your claim immediately.
Wage Theft is a severe problem in Ohio, costing Ohio workers more than $600 million per year. Only a small fraction of that is recovered by private lawsuits, the Federal Department of Labor, or the Ohio Department of Commerce. Scott & Winters Law Firm is proud to be on the front lines of the fight against wage theft. Here we discuss what Wage Theft is and what you can do about it.
Wage theft is not a legal term but refers to violations of federal and state wage law, including minimum wage, overtime, and unpaid tips violations. It can be as straightforward as an employer failing to pay all overtime hours at a time and a half, and also includes things like employers failing to calculate overtime wages when paying commissions or bonuses.
Wage theft can also refer to employers misclassifying employees as independent contractors or exempt salary employees, and employers who unlawfully keep tips which are the property of employees. It can also refer to unpaid travel time, time editing, unfair time rounding, and many other common but illegal pay practices.
One law that protects your right to receive fair pay for the work that you do is the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. This law establishes a nationwide minimum wage, overtime pay requirements, child labor laws, and many other regulations. There are also state laws that employers must follow. Here is a summary of five wage and hour laws that apply to Ohio employers:
If your employer hasn’t paid you the amount that you believe you are lawfully owed, start by documenting how much you have worked and gotten paid. Then, contact a Cleveland wage theft attorney for assistance with the next steps. A lawyer can help you fill out and submit the minimum wage complaint form in Ohio, for example, or bring a civil lawsuit against your employer in pursuit of back pay.
Consulting with a lawyer is the fastest way to understand your rights as a worker in Ohio and determine if you are a victim of wage theft. Scott & Winters Law Firm is available for a free legal consultation for workers who have noticed something is wrong with their pay or who believe they have experienced wage theft. As your lawyers in Cleveland, we will address your legal issue by taking the following actions:
Our wage theft lawyers will put you first when crafting a legal strategy to work toward your unique goals. We know your time is valuable and believe you should be paid fairly for giving it to an employer. We will aggressively advocate for your rights as a wronged worker and fight for the money you’re owed by law.
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the statute of limitations is two years for most cases brought due to wage or overtime violations, or three years if an employer willfully violates the law. A statute of limitations is a strict deadline on civil claims. If you fail to act within your time limit, the courts will most likely refuse the case – meaning you’ll lose the opportunity to recover compensation from your employer. Contact a lawyer right away to avoid missing your deadline.
If you believe that you have not been paid fairly by your employer in Ohio, turn to our attorneys at Scott & Winters Law Firm immediately. Our team has extensive experience handling complex wage theft cases, and we will not back down from aggressive employers or their legal teams. Our goal is to make sure that you are made whole, and this includes ensuring that you receive any unpaid wages you are entitled to. When you need a Cleveland wage theft attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation, and we are always available when you call (216) 912-2221.