Workers in the
War on Wage Theft
Our New York attorneys are experienced in identifying and prosecuting employers who cheat their workers through off-the-clock scams. Off-the-clock scams can result in unpaid regular wages, minimum wage violations, and overtime violations.
This type of scam occurs when an employer requires employees to work off-the-clock, but only pays them for hours worked on the clock. When employers cheat employees through any of these scams, they should not be permitted to get away with it. Unfortunately, law enforcement rarely prosecutes wage theft cases.
The Federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (“FLSA”) and New York Labor Law require that employees who not are exempt from overtime and minimum wage laws be paid at least the minimum wage and be paid time and a half for all overtime hours worked. In addition, New York courts have held that non-exempt employees must be paid for every hour they work.
Dishonest employers use several common dirty tricks when committing off-the-clock scams, including the following:
Another common scam is “time shaving.” Time shaving occurs when an employer changes time records to indicate that the employee worked fewer hours than she actually worked. Employer’s also completely fabricate time records to support the their lie that the worker is not entitled to unpaid wages. Unfortunately, these practices are far too common.
If you think that you may be the victim of an off-the-clock scam, contact us for a free consultation.