WAGE AND HOUR CLAIMS
If you believe that your employer has failed to compensate you for overtime work or has otherwise failed to pay benefits due to you, the attorneys at Burnett Wilson Reeder can help. Our attorneys have spent considerable time trying cases and are committed to making sure that you are paid for the time that you have spent working for your employer.
In today’s modern technological age, it is often hard to truly separate yourself from the workplace. Mobile phones, tablets, and laptop computers make it easier than ever to keep employees “tethered” to the workplace. More importantly, the Fair Labor Standards Act sets minimum wage rates and requires “non-exempt” employees (the vast majority of the work force) to receive overtime wages at time and one-half the regular rate of pay for each hour worked over 40 hours in a workweek.
With text messaging and e-mailing so second nature in today’s society, it is easy for employers to call upon employees when they are at home, on vacation, or otherwise “off the clock.” This time away from the office is considered “compensable time” under the FLSA and must be paid for by the employer.
In today’s modern technological age, it is often hard to truly separate yourself from the workplace.
If you have been “shorted” pay, please contact us. If necessary, we will file suit on your behalf and will take the matter to trial with our experienced Tampa, Florida employment attorneys. Damages for lost wage claims can be significant. Under the FLSA, employees may recover not only the back pay due, but also an equivalent amount as liquidated damages and prejudgment interest. Additionally, attorneys’ fees are recoverable under the FLSA, meaning that if a case goes all the way to trial, the employee should be able to retain more of the damage award if successful in the lawsuit. If the case settles before trial, you would simply owe a percentage of the recovery. You will never be asked to pay any money out of your pocket to cover our fees or costs in your case. Of course, if we cannot prevail in court, you owe nothing to our firm in fees or costs.
You need not worry about an employer retaliating against you for filing a wage and hour claim. The federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Florida Whistleblower Act strictly prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who report allegations of specified wrongdoing. Should an employer retaliate against you, the attorneys at Burnett Wilson Reeder will discuss options with you, such as a separate lawsuit against your employer.
Determining your rights as an employee can sometimes be confusing and, unfortunately, employers may not be cooperative with back pay unless an attorney gets involved. The attorneys at Burnett Wilson Reeder will pursue your case aggressively and will treat you with the type of attention that you deserve and that larger firms simply cannot provide. There are strict time limitations, as little as two years, to bring a claim against an employer. If you believe that you have not been paid sufficient overtime pay, please do not hesitate to contact Burnett Wilson Reeder. We will sit down with you for a no hassle, free consultation.