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It's long been a sad reality that "business as usual" for many hourly and low-wage workers meant getting shorted on overtime pay, getting paid for fewer hours than actually worked, and being forced to work through breaks.
However, an increasing number of workers have discovered a powerful tool for fighting back against being shortchanged by employers: a wage theft lawsuit. According to The New York Times, lawsuits seeking to recover wages illegally withheld from employees are increasingly paying off for employees of companies big and small.
What is wage theft, and how can you legally enforce your rights as an employee?
Wage theft lawsuits are the general name given to a wide array of violations of state and federal wage and hour laws. Among the more common complaints leading to wage theft lawsuits are:
If you believe you are being unfairly underpaid, you can file a complaint with state and federal labor authorities, such as the United States Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.
You can also consult with an experienced employment lawyer who can advise you on how to proceed with a wage theft lawsuit, and represent you in negotiations with your employer, and in court if your lawsuit goes to trial.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.