Wage theft is all too common, and it affects the income of many hardworking employees in Tennessee and across the country. Anytime an employer fails to pay a worker a fair wage, it is a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. However, as technology increasingly becomes part of time tracking for employees, there are new ways in which employers can cheat their workers of the money they have earned, leading to wage and hour disputes.
Some of the most common forms of wage theft include failing to pay workers the legal minimum wage, making illegal deductions from a worker's paycheck and neglecting to give an employee the appropriate pay for overtime hours. An employer may also require workers to perform duties off the clock. Some examples include doing prep work before a shift or answering phones during an unpaid meal break.
Employers who use digital tracking systems are now using technology to cheat workers of their pay. This includes rounding their pay to the nearest 15 minutes or depriving employees of paid time when they clock in early, among other methods. Some digital systems automatically deduct time for scheduled breaks, which means the employee may lose paid time if he or she does not take a break during that shift.
Wage and hour disputes can arise when an employer does not know the law or intentionally tries to save the company money by cheating workers of their pay. Employees in Tennessee and across the country have a right to fair wages for the hours they work. When this does not happen, they may reach out to an experienced attorney who can fight for their cause.