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.
A recent decision from the Department of Labor could change how companies classify certain types of gig employees. Tech companies, such as Uber. Lyft and other similar on-demand businesses that rely on individual gig workers to make up their workforce may find the ruling beneficial. It is important for both Tennessee workers and employers to clearly understand how to properly classify workers in order to avoid wage and hour disputes.
Truck drivers play an important role in the American economy. Many of these men and women own their own trucks and operate as independent contractors. The line between their right to self-govern and the authority of a Tennessee trucking company is often blurred, especially after a recent industry-wide implementation of certain types of technology.
Many companies and employers require that workers carry out certain actions before fully getting their workdays underway. However, if employees are not compensated for mandatory tasks, they may miss out on pay to which they're entitled. In fact, some workers may be owed overtime pay if certain processes require them to be on the job over 40 hours a week.
Those who live and work in Nashville have likely noticed the construction of the multi-million dollar JW Marriot hotel in the downtown area. The lush 33-story building may attract celebrities from the entertainment world, but recently it has attracted the attention of many who share the concerns of workers fighting for fair wages. While the tallest structure in downtown cost about $285 million, many workers say the subcontractors on the project failed to pay them for their labor.
For Tennessee workers, it is critical to get fair and timely pay for work they have done. When employers fail to to pay the full amount of wages or they misclassify employees, it can lead to legal action over wage and hour disputes. Many of these disputes relate to whether certain employees are eligible for overtime pay according to the Fair Labor Standards Act.
As Tennessee readers know, employees are legally entitled to fair wages for the work they do. Unfortunately, employers often look for ways to avoid paying by doing things such as misclassifying workers. These actions can lead to wage and hour disputes as employees often have to resort to legal action in order to secure what they are owed.
Readers who work in the Tennessee restaurant industry know there are many stories involving unfair wage practices in almost every type of eatery. Wage and hour disputes often arise when a restaurant owner refuses to pay workers fairly from tip shares or denies a person his or her rightful pay for hours worked. It is an unfortunately common story, but workers have the right to speak up and fight for what they deserve.
Like most Tennessee residents, you are a hard working individual and expect to be compensated fairly for your time on the job. What happens, though, when your wages compared to your hours worked do not add up? Maybe it was a simple payroll mistake, but maybe your employer is intentionally shorting you pay. Questioning employers on such matters can lead to wage and hour disputes that may require legal assistance to resolve.
There are a number of individuals all over the country, Tennessee included, who have not been properly compensated for their time on the job. When this happens, these individual have every right to file wage and hour disputes regarding their employers. If such claims are successfully navigated, compensation for damages may be achieved as can back pay for any monies that were not paid for the hours worked.