You depend on your job for your family’s livelihood. If you are working, or worked for, an employer that interfered with your ability to be compensated, it’s important to hold them accountable. The nationwide law firm of HKM Employment Attorneys LLP has an office of employment lawyers in Arlington, Virginia. We serve clients from all over Northern Virginia, including Alexandria, Reston, McLean, Fairfax County, and Arlington County.
Your Rights Under the Law
Wage and compensation disputes can come in all forms. Virginia labor laws generally mirror federal law. You have rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), no matter where you work or for whom you work. Some of the most common actions against former employers are:
- Employees not being paid minimum wage as required by state or federal law
- Classifying employees incorrectly with the intent of depriving them their correct wage
- Wage withholding
- Employers requiring employees to work “off the clock”
- Job titles in conflict with actual duties performed
No matter what the abuse is, you are entitled to fair compensation for the work you have performed for the company. Under the Virginia Minimum Wage Act, any employer who violates minimum wage requirements must pay unpaid wages, plus 8% interest per year.
What if You’ve Been Wronged?
Of course, an employee’s first step should always be contacting their employer’s human relations department. However, when that doesn’t resolve a situation, it’s time for you to obtain legal representation.
Wage and compensation disputes that have gone on for months or even years can involve large sums of money. For those times, it’s important to have a team behind you that can advocate for what is rightfully yours.
If you feel that either your current or former employer owes you compensation, and the established process within that company has not provided you with the outcome you believe you are entitled to, then it is time to call HKM Employment Attorneys. Contact our law office today for a consultation and learn how to navigate legal issues of compensation.