Boston Wage and Hour Lawyers
Wage and Hour Law
Whether you love every aspect of your job or struggle some days with certain tasks, for most people, it is satisfying to put in a hard day’s work. It can be discouraging, however, not to mention financially challenging, when an employer denies you rightful pay or violates other regulations put in place to protect you.
Standing Up to Worker Exploitation
Everyone has the right to hold a job and earn a living for themselves and their families. The basic set-up of an employee-employer relationship is that a qualified person works for an employer, performing the duties outlined in their job description, whether it is computer engineering, construction, or janitorial, and, in turn, that employer provides wages. Unfortunately, many employers try to exploit their workers in order to get the most work done for the least amount of pay through low wages, excessive work hours, or other deceptive tactics; and this is where employment laws come in.
The major points of acceptable labor practices are stipulated in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), although the laws of Massachusetts also provide further protection. Though both the federal and Massachusetts governments have established wage and hour laws to protect workers from abusive and/or deceptive employment practices, that does not mean that they do not occur. At the Kiley Law Group, our dedicated Massachusetts labor law attorneys are committed to obtaining justice for workers who have been exploited by employers who violate state and federal labor laws in the form of back pay and/or fines against the employer. We believe it is important for workers to understand their legal rights as well as the intricacies of labor laws that affect them. With that being said, our Wage and Hour Law Resource Center highlights the following areas:
- Child Labor Violations
- Deceptive Business Practices
- Excess Hours
- Fair Labor Standards Act
- MA Minimum Wage
- Tipped Employees
- Unpaid Overtime
- Unpaid Wages
- Exempt Employees
- Wage and Hour FAQs
Common Labor Law Violations
There are a number of labor practices that are prohibited under federal and Massachusetts labor law, the most common of which include:
- Misclassifying employees to make them ineligible/exempt from overtime pay, which only applies to hourly wage earners, not salaried employees;
- Misclassifying employees as tipped employees when they’re not so as to avoid paying the regular minimum wage;
- Taking a portion of employee tips;
- Requiring employees to work excessive hours and/or on weekends unlawfully (certain circumstances may permit working on weekends and/or longer hours);
- Not paying a tipped employee the difference if their wages plus tips do not meet the regular minimum wage amount; and/or
- Not paying a laid-off or otherwise terminated worker their final wages.
These tactics are more commonplace than people realize, making it harder for honest hard-working people to make a living and raise a family. What makes matters worse is that employers often threaten to fire workers who threaten to report these violations. As devastating as the prospect of losing your job is, allowing the violations to continue will only make your job more difficult to live with. While it may seem daunting at first, holding your employer legally accountable may be a feasible option for your particular situation.
Committed to Upholding Massachusetts Labor Laws
The most effective way to stop wage and hour violations, and deter them in the future, is by holding the employer financially liable for their wrongdoing. The experienced Boston wage and hour lawyers with the Kiley Law Group are committed to protecting the rights of Massachusetts employees against abusive employers and deceptive business practices.
If you believe your rights as a Massachusetts employee are being violated, contact us for a free legal consultation today at (888) 208-1695. We can investigate your claim and help you determine the best course of legal action.