As lawyers for the workers, we make sure that employers pay you for the long hours you put in and give you the wages you are owed.
Although there is no federal law requiring employers to reimburse employees for their work-related expenses, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does hold employers ultimately responsible for paying their employees’ wages. When an employee’s work-related expenses cause their hourly rate to dip below the applicable state or city’s minimum wage, the employer must make up the difference.
Many employers fail to adequately reimburse employees for work-related expenses, leading to unpaid wages. When this occurs, employees may file wage and hour claims against their employers and seek fair compensation for their damages, as well as backpay.
At Josephson Dunlap, our employee expense reimbursement lawyers help clients nationwide who have been unfairly denied fair pay due to an employer’s failure to reimburse for work-related expenses. We also assist workers who have been harmed by miscategorized reimbursements that should have been part of their wages in regular rate violation claims. If you need help with your case, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today for a free and confidential consultation.
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In many cases, employees must pay out of pocket for certain work-related expenses that are necessary for the proper completion of their work. Often—though not always—employers are required to reimburse employees for these expenses. This is known as “employee expense reimbursement.”
Common employee expenditures include:
- Gas and insurance costs
- Vehicle maintenance
- Expenses associated with training or certification
- Seminar or educational course costs
- Meals and lodging during business trips
- Client meeting meals
- Office equipment or supplies
- Transactional error fees
- Work phones, including work cellphones
Employees may file expense reports with their employers; however, if their employers refuse or fail to pay covered expenses as outlined by state or local law, the employee can take legal action.
Why Hire an Employee Expense Reimbursement Lawyer?
Navigating an unpaid or underpaid employee expense reimbursement claim can be extremely challenging without the help of an experienced attorney. The laws regulating this particular area are highly complex and differ from state to state. You need someone by your side who not only understands these laws but also how they apply to your specific case.
Our employee expense reimbursement attorneys have more than two decades of experience and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid wages for our clients. We understand what is at stake, and we are prepared to aggressively advocate for you. Throughout the process, we make it our goal to remain consistently available to our clients, ready to answer their questions and address any concerns they may have.
To learn more, including how our team can help you with your case, contact us online or by phone at (888) 742-7242. Your initial consultation is completely free, and we do not collect any legal fees unless we recover compensation for you.
When to File a Wage & Hour Claim
If you believe that your employer has not fairly reimbursed you for your work-related expenses, or if you have received an hourly rate that falls below the federal, state, or local minimum wage for your area, you could be entitled to file a wage and hour claim against your employer. Expense reimbursement violations often affect delivery drivers, tipped workers, and commercial vehicle operators, though any worker could be negatively impacted by unpaid or underpaid expense reimbursements.
At Josephson Dunlap, we assist all types of workers—including salaried employees, hourly workers, and those paid day rates—with these types of claims. We have the in-depth legal knowledge and skill required to build a powerful case on your behalf. As a large firm with access to extensive resources, we have earned a reputation as one of the leading wage and hour claims firms in the nation.
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