Silver Spring Wage & Hour Dispute Attorney
Does Your Employer Owe You Unpaid Wages?
You work hard for your income and deserve every dime you earn. Unfortunately, employers can take advantage of employees like you by withholding or denying pay that is otherwise owed. If your employer hasn’t paid you for wages you’ve earned, you need help from a wage and hour dispute lawyer.
Emejuru Law can provide the legal support employees need to fight for compensation they should have been paid. Our attorney is an experienced advocate for workers and a variety of issues they can face at work, particularly wage and hour disputes. We know that when you come to us for assistance, you’re serious about getting what your employer owes you. Rest assured that we’re steadfast advocates for our clients and can provide each with a personalized legal strategy to help them increase their odds of achieving the best possible outcome.
If you’d like to learn more about how our wage and hour dispute lawyer in Silver Spring can support your claim, request a consultation with us today.
Common Wage & Hour Disputes
There are many ways an employer can adversely affect an employee’s paycheck, but there are also ways to address unscrupulous payroll practices with legal action. Emejuru Law can address a wide variety of common wage and hour disputes that employees like you may experience.
Many of those wage and hour disputes focus on topics such as these:
- Minimum Wage Violations
- Overtime Violations
- Refusal to Pay or Withholding Pay
- Illegal Wage Garnishment
- Docking Earned Pay
- Meal and Break Violations
- Employee Misclassification
- Manipulation of Time Sheets
- Failure to Reimburse for Business Expenses
If you are faced with a challenge like one of those above, you can reach out to our wage and hour dispute attorney in Silver Spring for help. By learning more about your legal options, you can rest easier knowing it’s possible to hold your employer accountable and recover compensation for your unpaid earnings.
Are You Being Paid the Correct Minimum Wage?
The right to earn a minimum wage was established by the Fair Labor Standards Act. Although the federal minimum wage is set at $7.25, individual states and the District of Colombia can and have established their own minimum wage rates.
As of 2022, non-exempt employees in Maryland must earn a minimum wage of $12.50 per hour when their employers have 15 or more employees. There are scheduled increases to the state’s minimum wage across the next three years, culminating in a $15 per hour minimum wage on Jan. 1, 2025. A different minimum wage applies to employees earning tips and those working at amusement parks and recreational establishments.
In Washington D.C., the minimum wage for non-exempt employees is $15.20 per hour; if tipped, then $5.05 per hour.
If you believe your employer isn’t paying you the minimum wage you’re owed by law in your state or local municipality, you should consult with an experienced attorney like ours at Emejuru Law for assistance.
Are You Owed Overtime Pay?
The Fair Labor Standards Act also protects your right to earn overtime pay when you work more than 40 hours in a week. The overtime pay rate established by federal law is 1.5 times your standard rate. This means that if you are normally paid $12.50 per hour, you should be paid $18.75 per hour for each hour you work in excess of 40 in a work week.
You Can Recover Three Times What You’re Owed
Maryland’s Wage Payment and Collection Law makes it possible for employees to recover much more than what they were initially owed by their employer.
When an employee succeeds in legal action against an employer who violated wage laws, the court may award the employee up to three times the total amount of recovered wages, attorney’s fees, and other costs. This can make your potential recovery much more substantial, but you should consult with an attorney to learn more.
Contact Us to Get Started
Our wage and hour law dispute attorney in Silver Spring is a dedicated advocate for our clients. When you reach out to Emejuru Law for help, you can trust that your pursuit for a recovery of unpaid earnings is in good hands.
Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about how we can help. Use our online contact form to get started now.