Employees are entitled to be properly paid for the work they perform. Protections are in place to ensure that employers provide payment and benefits according to the law. Employees who have not been paid or are owed overtime or other benefits may be able to file a lawsuit to recover their wages. There are several laws that protect employees in these types of situations. They are covered under federal and state laws.
Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act
Employees are covered by protections in the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act. Employers are required to pay employees in a timely manner. They must also provide the appropriate benefits and overtime wages to employees. An employer must pay employees for their work. Disputes can arise for a number of reasons.
An employer may fail to pay an employee after termination, may fail to pay for time that was worked off the clock, or may pay less than what the employee is supposed to make. If an employee has been terminated the employer must pay the employee for all time worked prior to leaving the company. Unfortunately, an employee may not receive proper payment. If that happens, you are within your rights to file a complaint or seek legal action.
There are also other laws that govern employee wage payments. In addition to Pennsylvania laws, employers are also required to comply with federal employment laws. The Federal Fair Labor Standards Act, FLSA, is in place to ensure that employees are treated fairly by their employers. The FLSA is part of the U.S. Department of Labor. In Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry is responsible for overseeing the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act.
How to Resolve Wage Disputes
Employers are required to pay employees within a reasonable time period after the work was completed. If you were not paid, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the employer for the wages that you earned. You will need to prove that you were employed, that you worked according to the job requirements, and that you were not paid or were paid incorrectly.
Disputes can arise when an employer disagrees with an employee about work that was done. An employer may dispute the time that was worked or even the quality of the work that was completed. However, these issues need to be resolved rather than simply withholding pay. An experienced employment law attorney will evaluate the situation and help you get the money that is owed.
Wage disputes can be complicated. It can be difficult to resolve disputes such as these on your own. It can be particularly difficult if you are still employed by the company. It is usually advisable to get guidance and support from a qualified attorney. Our skilled legal team is highly experienced in all types of employment matters including the failure to pay wages in Pennsylvania. We work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact HKM Employment Attorneys, LLP today to schedule a consultation.