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”:

  • Salary
  • Hourly rates
  • Commission
  • 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 professionals today.