Disputes about commissions, stock options, salaries, and vacation time are common in workplaces. As an employee in Washington, D.C., you have rights under the federal wage laws. If your employer has not paid you for overtime and you’re classified as a non-exempt worker, you’re entitled to overtime.
Under federal law, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards for private sector employees and public sector employees in federal, state, and local governments. Additionally, if you are a non-exempt employee but misclassified as an exempt worker and you have unpaid overtime, then you are entitled to a claim against your employer.
If you believe your employer denied your overtime wages, you have the right to challenge them in court. At HKM Employment Attorneys LLP, we have the necessary experience to assert the rights of workers involved in wage and compensation disputes.
When to Contact a Wage and Compensation Disputes Lawyer
Below we have outlined circumstances under which you seek the help of a lawyer.
- When the employer fails to compensate you for overtime pay and hours
- When you’re facing a contract dispute concerning your unpaid wages and salary
- When the employer has failed to compensate your minimum wage of $11.50 in Washington, D.C.
- When the employer withholds your commissions and tips to which you’re entitled
- When the employer wrongfully withholds your payment after you get fired in retaliation
How much should you get paid for working overtime? This is one of the most asked questions by employees who don’t know their rights. In the District of Columbia, employers must pay overtime wages to non-exempt workers working more than 40 hours per week. The payment is equal to 1.5 times the standard hourly rate.
In some companies, there is no limit to the number of hours an employee can work in a week. It mostly applies to professions like nursing and teen workers. You’re entitled to any time that the employer has termed “mandatory” in the employment agreement.
Get the Necessary Help
At HKM Employment Attorneys, our law firm takes pride in its expertise. Our qualified and professional employment attorneys have vast experience in protecting the rights of workers in all types of wage claims and employment disputes. Our attorneys are prepared to offer legal advice about the fair pay for work done in good faith. Get in touch for a free initial consultation.