Wage, Hour, & Overtime Violations
Chicago Employment Law Attorneys Fighting for Clients Nationwide
Companies and corporations often take advantage of complex employment laws to exploit or underpay workers. At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, our Chicago wage and hour lawyers are currently handling claims for clients nationwide. These cases may involve a number of circumstances that led to failure to pay wages, withholding or incorrect payments, overtime or break violations, and title misclassifications.
There are many unlawful avenues companies take to avoid paying overtime wages. These include:
- Paying an employee on salary when they are performing hourly work
- Classifying an employee as an "independent contractor"
- Falsely placing an employee in an administrative position
- Refusing to pay overtime that was not pre-approved
- Asking an employee to waive their right to overtime wages
Many workers are asked to perform job functions "off the clock," whether that is before or after shifts, during breaks, or on weekends. Failing to pay workers when they are performing job functions is illegal, and subject to an overtime lawsuit. It is also illegal for employers to ask employees to work through their lunch breaks. Additionally, scheduled rest and meal breaks are required by law, and workers must be paid during these breaks of 20 minutes or less.
Our Seasoned Wage Violation Lawyers Can Help
With a wage and overtime lawsuit, employees may be compensated for years of back wages, with interest. Claims can even apply penalties for every pay period that overtime was not paid. There are numerous laws in place to prevent employers from retaliating or discriminating against employees who pursue claims for wage violations. Should an employer violate these regulations, they would be subject to criminal prosecution and large fines.
We are currently reviewing cases involving:
- Compensatory time
- Pre-shirt and post-shift work
- Working during meal and rest breaks
- Inadequate timekeeping systems
- Failure to pay overtime wages
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has an extensive track record of successful verdicts and settlements. We offer free, no-obligation consultations nationwide. Call us today so that we can handle your case skillfully and effectively.
For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division.