Tennessee employers have the obligation to pay their workers fairly. This means giving them what they’re rightfully owed, such as after they’ve worked overtime. Unpaid overtime is only one of the many ways wage theft can occur, and employees do not have to simply endure this type of unfair treatment in silence. Victims of this practice have the right to speak out and engage in wage and hour disputes.
Employees may not be certain that what they are experiencing counts as wage theft. It’s not always obvious and overt. Wage theft can also include more subtle things done by employer, such as asking employees to do tasks before or after clocking in. It also happens when an employer misclassifies an employee, which in turn affects his or her eligibility for minimum wage and overtime pay.
Wage theft can also happen when an employee is eligible for overtime pay, but an employee instead chooses to offer him or her compensatory time off instead. Miscounting overtime hours worked, taking deductions for pay and ignoring exemption requirements are all examples of other ways employers sometime commit wage theft. It could be grounds for a lawsuit in which employees can sue for unpaid wages and compensatory damages.
Wage and hour disputes are complex. Tennessee employees who believe they are victims of this type of mistreatment would be wise to speak with an attorney regarding the potential legal options available to them. It may be appropriate to move forward with a civil claim to hold employers accountable for unfair practices that are harmful to workers.