Unpaid Wages Attorney
We can demand the money you deserve
All employees deserve to be paid for every hour they work. They should also be paid the amount of money promised to them by their employer. Unfortunately, some employers break the law and don’t keep their promises. Instead, they don’t pay their workers what they rightfully owe them.
If you have not been paid for some or all of the hours you have worked, make sure you take your wage and hour claim seriously right from the start. Make sure you talk to a lawyer at Gibson Law, LLC in Cincinnati and Dayton. We can review the details of your case and explain the legal options available to you.
We have extensive experience handling such cases throughout Ohio. Our lawyers bring a unique perspective as well to such cases. That’s because two of our attorneys previously represented employers in such legal matters. As a result, we know how businesses think and know what strategies often work best. Now, we put our knowledge and expertise to work for workers just like you.
What are common unpaid wage violations?
The Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") and the Ohio Minimum Fair Wage Standards Act have strict rules about unpaid wage violations. Some of the most common violations include:
- Unpaid overtime
- Unpaid breaks
- Paying workers less than minimum wage
- Not paying employees for “off-the-clock” work, including work performed during meal and rest breaks
- Reducing employees’ wages for things such as customer theft, broken equipment and uniforms
- Improperly treating employees as “exempt” from minimum wage and overtime requirements, especially by concluding that all employees paid on a salary are “exempt”
- Not paying employees for “on-call” time.
You deserve to be paid a full and fair wage. When your employer fails to follow state or federal labor laws or other legally binding agreements (including perhaps contracts with your union), you can and should demand the compensation you deserve. An experienced attorney can help you do that and more.
Can I sue my employer for unpaid wages?
Each state has its own unique wage and hour laws involving an employee’s rights and legal options when it comes to seeking to obtain unpaid wages. In Ohio in many cases, an employee can file a lawsuit against an employer for unpaid wages. This includes most workers that have been fired or who no longer work for a company. You deserve to be paid for the hours you worked.
Under Ohio law, workers have two years to file a lawsuit for unpaid wages. If you wait too long and miss that deadline (known as the statute of limitations), you could miss out on your opportunity to obtain the financial compensation you rightfully deserve.
But just because you have a clear-cut legal case, doesn’t mean your lawsuit or legal battle will be straightforward. In many cases, many employers hire a legal team in response to being sued. That’s why it’s critical that you have a lawyer on your side to demand the money you deserve.
How can a lawyer help me with my case?
If your employer or former employer has not paid you for all the hours you worked, an attorney can help you build a strong legal case in support of your unpaid wage claim. In particular, your lawyer can:
- Review your payment records or any written correspondence from your employer about your unpaid wages, including pay stubs, timesheets, work schedules and other written documentation
- Explain the state or federal laws that apply to your particular case
- Deal directly with your employer and request all unpaid wages on your behalf
- File a lawsuit against your employer on your behalf in pursuit of unpaid wages
- Represent you at all court proceedings if necessary.
You deserve to be financially compensated for every hour you work for your employer. If your company fails to abide by Ohio’s labor laws, your lawyer can work with you hold them accountable and demand the money you earned.
Get the compensation you deserve. Contact our law firm
The bottom line is you deserve to be paid for your work. It’s our job to make sure you get the money you rightfully deserve, whether it’s through a negotiated settlement with your employer or as a result of a lawsuit filed on your behalf.
We also understand the complexity and urgency of such legal cases. We realize you probably have bills to pay and rightfully want the money you earned. Discover what we can do for you. Contact our law firm for a consultation with a member of our legal team.