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Hourly Worker Unpaid Wage Claims

What to Do If You Were Not Paid for Work as an Hourly Worker

Hourly workers are those who are paid a certain rate for every hour worked, rather than a day rate or annual salary. By law, hourly employees must be compensated for all hours worked; however, employers may wrongfully withhold wages or otherwise fail to properly compensate hourly workers in several ways. 

If you are paid hourly, and you believe your employer has failed to provide you with fair wages for the hours you have worked, reach out to Josephson Dunlap. You could be entitled to take legal action against your employer, and our attorneys can help. We assist clients in filing hourly worker unpaid wage claims throughout the U.S. With more than two decades of legal experience and hundreds of millions of dollars recovered in unpaid wages and overtime, our firm has the resources and skills to effectively advocate for you. 

Schedule a complimentary consultation with a member of our legal team. Call (888) 742-7242 or submit an online contact form today to get started. 

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Know Your Rights 

Hourly workers have several important rights when it comes to wages, overtime, and fair pay. The first step in knowing whether you were not paid fairly is understanding these rights. 

Some of your most basic wage-related rights as an hourly worker include: 

  • The Right to Be Paid for All Hours Worked: Your employer must pay you for all hours worked. This means that, for every moment you are “on the clock,” you must be fairly compensated. Your employer cannot require you to work off-the-clock, nor can they take unlawful wage deductions from your paycheck. In most cases, “hours worked” includes any time you are required by your employer to be on duty, on the employer’s premises, at your place of work, or otherwise engaged in work-related duties that benefit your employer.
  • The Right to Minimum Wage: Hourly workers must be paid at least the minimum wage. The federal minimum wage for 2023 is $7.25 per hour, the same rate it has been since 2009. However, each state has its own minimum wage laws, and certain cities have enacted minimum wages above their state’s set minimum wage. Your employer cannot pay you below the minimum wage for your state or local area. In certain states, tipped workers may receive an hourly wage below the minimum wage with the expectation that the difference will be made up in tips. If it is not, the employer must make up the difference. 
  • The Right to Overtime Pay (If Non-Exempt): Non-exempt hourly workers (which includes most hourly workers) are entitled to receive overtime pay for hours worked beyond a typical workweek or workday, depending on the state. In many states, overtime pay does not apply until an employee works more than 40 hours in a single workweek. In some states, such as California, non-exempt hourly workers are entitled to overtime when they work more than 8 hours in a single workday. In most cases, overtime is paid at a rate of one-and-a-half times the employee’s normal rate of pay. 

These are just some of your rights as an hourly worker; the exact rights you have depend on where you live and work, as well as your status as an employee. However, if you believe your rights have been violated in any way by your employer, contact our team at Josephson Dunlap as soon as possible.

Contact Josephson Dunlap for Help with Your Hourly Worker Unpaid Wage Claim

One of the most important things you can do if you find yourself the victim of wrongful or unjust employer conduct is to contact a law firm with experience handling cases like yours. At Josephson Dunlap, we have helped hundreds of thousands of workers throughout the United States fight to protect their rights. Our mission is simple: to help you recover the unpaid wages you are owed, as well as seek compensation for related damages, such as pain and suffering. 

Contact the “lawyers for the workers” for help with your hourly worker unpaid wages claim; call (888) 742-7242 today to get started. Se habla español. 

Report Labor Violations to the Appropriate Entity 

In most cases, the first step after finding out your employer has not paid you for all hours worked is to file a labor violation report to the appropriate entity. Depending on where you live and work, this could be the state labor board or another regulatory agency. 

You can usually report labor violations online or by phone; however, if you need assistance reporting your employer’s unlawful failure to pay hourly wages, you can reach out to Josephson Dunlap. We assist clients nationwide with all aspects of unpaid wage claims, including reporting labor violations and taking legal action against employers. Our attorneys are available to answer your questions and provide personalized legal counsel during a free, no-obligation consultation. 

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