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Wage and hours theft is a serious issue that workers face every day. The truly insidious side of this issue is that not everyone even realizes they are being exploited. Laws govern how much workers must be paid and how much time they must be given for meal and rest breaks.
The first step in standing up against mistreatment is recognizing when it is happening. For that, the Blanco & Arias legal team is here to help.
Both the federal government and state governments set minimum hourly wages. Sometimes even individual cities set their own minimum wage rate. If you are being paid less than the minimum wage in the area you are employed, you are a victim of wage theft.
In addition to governing minimum wage, the law sets rules for overtime pay, meals and rest breaks. If you are a non-exempt employee, you are entitled to time-and-a-half for every hour more than 40 you work in a week or more than eight continuous hours in a single day. If you work more than 12 continuous hours in a day or more than eight continuous hours on your seventh consecutive day of work, you are entitled to time and a half.
Further if you work more than 6 hours you are entitled to at least a 30-minute uninterrupted meal break. You are also entitled to two 10 minute paid uninterrupted rest breaks, one within your first four hours and a second within your last four hours during your normal 8 hours shift. If you are not given the mandated uninterrupted meal and/or rest breaks, you are entitled to a premium equal to one extra hour of pay at your regular hourly pay rate.
Employers will go to drastic and even illegal lengths to avoid paying overtime; if this is happening to you, contact our law firm right away.
Hours theft and wage theft is considered unethical and illegal. Hours theft refers to the practice of not paying employees for all the hours they have worked. If you have ever been told to clock out before finishing a task, or been pressured into working for free because you “owe” your employer something, then you are likely the victim of hours theft. Start tracking the hours you work independently of your employer. It is the fasted and most efficient way to determine whether hours theft is occurring.
If you believe that your employer is not paying you fairly, you should look into it with an experienced wage & hour litigation attorney. Call the Blanco & Arias legal team today for a free consultation.