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As an employment lawyer Washington DC employees can count on can attest, for many people, work is not just a means of putting food on their family’s table. It’s also a source of meaning in their lives. We can take pride in working hard to a see a job well done. And in today’s uncertain economy, many people have been asked to work harder for less. When just having a job seems a blessing, most people won’t complain about having to do a little more.
Unfortunately, the bad economy is one of the factors that has led some employers to try to cut costs by cutting workers’ out of pay they have earned, overtime pay, or by paying them less than minimum wage. This is not only unfair, it can also be unlawful. Most employers who engage in these abuses are counting on their employees being too afraid of losing their jobs to do anything about it. Sadly, they are often right.
No matter what kind of place you work in, no matter at what level position you have, employees are supposed to be protected under the law. And while many employers uphold these laws, many employers do not. Many employees fear retaliation against them if they speak up about the employer not giving them what they are owed under the law. When it comes to wages in Washington DC, certain employees are protected the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
If you believe you haven’t been treated fairly by your employer, you can do something about it. You are not helpless. Employment lawyers Washington DC employees can turn to for help at Cohen & Cohen, PC are ready to fight for the pay you earned. Whether it’s minimum wage violations, or unpaid overtime, our lawyers help clients recover what they are owed.
The overtime lawyers at Cohen & Cohen, PC know that one of the most powerful tools available to workers is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This federal law requires that employers pay overtime and meet federal minimum wage requirements. The law lets workers recover against violating employers for:
To bring a claim under the FLSA a worker must meet certain requirements, including (1) being a non-exempt employee, and (2) working for a business that is engaged in interstate commerce or generated a certain amount of revenue in a calendar year. The employment attorneys at Cohen & Cohen, PC can tell you if you are covered by the FLSA minimum wage, overtime, or other protections. Call us for a free consultation to see if you qualify.
Besides the FLSA, there are other federal and state laws protecting workers. The patchwork of laws affecting employment and wages can seem confusing and overwhelming. If you believe you have not been paid for work you’ve done, or if you think your employer may be violating labor laws, call the employment lawyers Washington DC is fortunate to have in its midst at Cohen & Cohen, PC for a free case evaluation.
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