A claim for unpaid wages can arise in several ways. Some people have not been paid for time they have worked. Others have received some of their paycheck but not all of it. For instance, they are paid straight time instead of time and a half for their overtime hours. Some people are asked to do work off the clock. Some people are misclassified as salary employees when they should have been paid hourly. The law allows for certain types of workers to get paid a salary instead of being paid by the hour, but this is not allowed for all types of workers. We have represented people who want to get back the money they earned but were not paid for over a decade.
The best way to determine if a lawsuit makes sense in your circumstances is to call us. Below are links to some questions many people have when dealing with these issues.
Is a lawsuit the right answer?
Not in all cases. Sometimes an informal call or letter to the employer who failed to pay wages you were owed can be enough to make a difference. However, most of the time some legal action must be taken to show that you are serious and represented. We will work with you to determine if you have a claim.
What is expected if we get involved in a lawsuit?
The better we know your case the better we can represent you. It may be that if others at your job were treated the same way, then we should talk to them as well. If a suit is filed, the company will have an opportunity to question you about what happened. We may also need any paperwork you may have – things like your pay stubs, time sheets, and employee handbooks. Beyond that, we would do most of the work – things like investigating the companies’ documents, interviewing the decision makers in the companies, reporting to the judge and quantifying your loss.
Will it cost me anything to get involved in a case?
No. If you decide to file a lawsuit it should not cost you anything. One of the basic ways our legal system permits people to have a lawyer is to be represented on a contingency fee basis. Most people cannot afford to pay a lawyer an hourly fee. This is particularly true when a case requires much of a lawyer’s time. A contingency fee basis means that the lawyer is paid based on a percentage of the amount of financial compensation that is recovered on a client’s behalf. If there is no financial recovery for you, we do not earn a fee. Part of that means your lawyer will advance all expenses of your case. These expenses are repayable to the lawyer only if the lawyer is successful.