As an hourly worker, you receive wages based on the amount of time that you work for your employer. As such, you expect to get compensation for all of the time that you work, particularly if you can’t rely on a specific number of hours every week. Every minute can matter when it comes to balancing your budget.

Unfortunately, some companies intentionally try to take advantage of their workers by manipulating time clock records or otherwise avoiding their wage obligations. Other companies could make mistakes in accounting or timekeeping that result in diminished earnings for their workers. Bad software or inaccurate calculations could both fall into this “accidental” category.

Regardless of whether you didn’t receive your wages because of an oversight or an intentional manipulation by your employer, you can take action to demand the full amount of wages owed to you. However, to receive that pay, you will need proof of when you worked.

It is possible for companies to manipulate many timekeeping systems

Businesses attempting to underpay their staff is not a new phenomenon. Wage and timekeeping discrepancies have caused conflicts between workers and companies since analog records were the only option. Companies altering or destroying records are one reason that federal law mandates they maintain employment records for three years.