Wage & Hour Issues in El Paso
Our Attorneys Fight for Workers Throughout Texas
Federal laws have been enacted that protect workers and require employers
to pay employees fair compensation for the job they perform. Under the
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), federal requirements dictate standards
for minimum wages and overtime pay, though many states set their own minimum
wage rates that differ from the national minimum wage. The state of Texas
utilizes the federal minimum wage standard.
Our team of El Paso employment law attorneys represent clients in their
wage and hour dispute cases, and we are dedicated to recovering payment
for attorney fees and other damages that have been wrongfully withheld
from workers throughout Texas. Call (888) 470-9772 to talk to our legal
professionals about how to take legal action against your employer.
What Are My Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act?
In order to better regulate the wages employees are paid and the amount
of hours they work, the U.S. Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards
Act (FLSA). The following payments for work performed are considered “wages”:
- Hourly rates
- Piece rates
If your employer doesn’t pay the amount promised in your employment
contract or does not pay for overtime hours, and you are not subject to
an FLSA exemption, then you can file a claim for back wages extending
as far back as 3 years. You can also attempt to recover attorney fees
and other monetary damages you are entitled to.
Examples of Wage & Hour Violations?
There are a number of situations that can be classified as violations of
federal or state wage and hour regulations, including the following things:
- Not paying workers time and a half for each hour worked over 40 hours / week
- Deducting pay for lunch breaks that weren’t taken by employees
- Refusing to pay for the time it takes an employee to change into their
required uniform or necessary protective equipment
- Failing to pay employees overtime for commissions earned after working
over 40 hours / week
- Conducting on-the-job training without paying a fair wage
- Not paying for job duties performed from home, including phone calls, computer
work, or other job-related actions
- Failing to provide adequate time during the workday to allow employees
to study for training tests and not paying them for the time spent studying
off the job
- Refusing to pay wages for hours spent "on call"
- Not paying salaried workers for overtime when their job does not meet the
criteria for a supervisory position or non-manual work standards
- Misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor to reduce business expenses
- Failing to pay employees for work breaks that are less than 20 minutes long
- Refusing to paying for work performed before or after a shift
Speak to an Employment Law Attorney Today
At Guerra & Farah, PLLC, we can help you recover the wages you are
entitled to. We understand that you work hard for the money needed to
support you and your family, which is why we will aggressively pursue
your claim. If you have realized your employer is deducting wages from
your paycheck that violate federal or state law,
contact our El Paso lawyers to get started on your case.
Call (888) 470-9772 to request a consultation with our friendly legal