Wage and Hours Disputes Attorney in Massachusetts
There are very detailed employment laws and regulations in Massachusetts regarding employee compensation, including, overtime payments, commissions, bonuses, and vacation pay. If you feel there is a discrepancy between what you are owed and what you’ve been paid, or that the payment of wages are not being handled properly in your workplace, you may need a legal advocate on your side. The Law Office of Amanda Dowgiert can help protect your rights and resolve your wage and hour dispute. She believes workers should be valued and fairly compensated for the hard work they do and will investigate the details of each case to provide an honest assessment of what can be done to recover any unpaid wages.
Common areas where wage and hour disputes emerge include:
Other areas where wage and hour disputes may emerge can pertain to:
- Overtime pay
- Commissions and/or bonuses and how they are paid
- Blue laws (pay rates and work schedules on Sundays and holidays)
- Break times according to hours worked
- Misclassification of status (exempt vs. nonexempt)
- The means by which time and hours are tracked
- Vacation and sick days as outlined in your employment contract or by the employer
- Collecting wages when terminated
- Docked pay for damages or being late
- Being paid less than state or federal minimum wage
While discrepancies or unlawful practices related to any of the above can certainly warrant legal action, in certain situations, employers may be exempt from a particular law or regulation. It is important to understand what types of businesses or employers may be exempt from certain laws, such as break time exemptions in factories or similar environments where there is a need for continuous operation of machinery.
Employers accused of a wage violation should seek legal representation. The penalty for committing a wage violating can be staggering. In some circumstances the court may award a successful employee treble (triple) damages and order the employer to pay the employee’s attorney’s fees. If you are being wrongfully accused of not paying employees correctly, the Law Office of Amanda Dowgiert can help protect your rights and will remain committed to resolving the issue.
Wages Disputes Investigation Process
The Law Office of Amanda Dowgiert can give your case the attention and time needed. When you are not being compensated as your should, or are being falsely accused of not compensating workers, let an experienced labor law attorney fight for you and the protection of your financial future. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.