Are you paid for all the work you actually perform? State and federal wage and hour laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), provide employees with protection regarding minimum wage, overtime pay, and other issues involving employee compensation. If you believe your right to a fair wage has been violated, you can turn to a competent Providence, Rhode Island wage & hour lawyer from Herman Law Group for assistance. Contact us today so you can tell us your story and so we can get working on your case.
Rhode Island Wage & Hour Lawyer | Offering Pay Protection Under the Law
Were you denied your rightful pay? Do you believe your employer has wronged you in some way? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, the time to act is now. Turn to a knowledgeable Providence County, Rhode Island employment lawyer from our firm to fight for you.
Common Wage and Overtime Disputes
Just some of the most common wage & overtime disputes our legal team sees are as follows:
- Refusing to properly pay overtime
- Failing to pay wages due
- Misclassifying an employee’s status (e.g., exempt vs. nonexempt; independent contractor vs. employee)
- Failing to pay for time worked (e.g., unpaid wait time and time worked outside of usual hours)
Independent Contractor Misclassification
Misclassifying employees as independent contractors is illegal and deprives workers of many benefits and other protections under the law, including the right to be paid overtime wages.
Under federal and state laws, whether you have been correctly classified as an independent contractor hinges on how much “control” your employer has over where, when, and how you perform your work. The more control an employer exerts, the more likely someone should have been classified as an employee.
Even if your employer classifies you as an employee, some employees are considered “exempt” from certain labor law protections, such as overtime pay and meal and rest breaks.
Employers may properly classify employees as “exempt” if they fall into one of the established exemptions, such as the executive, professional, administrative, outside sales, or computer exemptions. Each exemption has its own requirements that, if not met, would mean that the employee has been misclassified.
Contact a Rhode Island Wage & Hour Lawyer Today
The bottom line is that if you’ve been denied your rightful pay, the time to act is now. Fortunately, you’re in the right place, and you can feel confident in a wage & hour lawyer from the Herman Law Group to fight for the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation with our dedicated legal team.