Under a federal law called the Fair Labor Standards Act (aka the “FLSA”), workers are entitled to receive at least minimum wage for their services, and they are entitled to overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours a week. There is also a similar Florida State law about minimum wages. These are simple principles, but the realities of wage and hour law often become complex.
At Massey & Duffy, we have been handling employment law matters on behalf of employees and employers for over a decade. When you hire us, we will provide the kind of personal service you deserve. Our clients are more than just case files. Here, everyone is treated with care and respect.
Our attorneys have the experience needed to assist clients on a broad range of wage and hour topics. Some examples of cases we handle are:
* Overtime claims: failure to pay overtime, paying at the incorrect rate
* Wait staff wage claims: In some circumstances, Florida law allows restaurants and bars to pay employees less than minimum wage. The employer must follow certain procedures, however.
* Equal Pay Act violations: paying workers of one gender more money for the same work
* Failure to pay minimum wage
* Failure to pay commissions
In order to be protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act, a worker must fall into a nonexempt category. Many workers are misclassified as exempt and are not paid correctly. Our attorneys will investigate your status to make sure that you are correctly classified and are paid fairly under the law.
As experienced employment law attorneys, we know that responding to negative feedback from your boss can be very difficult. In many instances, it is useful to follow up with your boss and attempt to talk things out. If your employer refuses to discuss or change the review, however, the situation can become more difficult.
We are available to help workers who are facing these challenging workplace situations. There are a number of ways we may be able to help, including:
* Challenging inaccurate performance reviews
* Investigating your history with the company
* Seeking the basis for disciplinary action
* Responding to disciplinary notices
Often, we help clients write letters to their employers, explaining the employee’s view of the situation. These letters sometimes resolve the issues. Other times, the employer threatens the employee with termination. In these situations, we may take your case to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or other appropriate agency. We make it clear that the employer may face liability for retaliation if the employee is fired for exercising these rights.