Wage & Hour
Most employees are guaranteed rights to receive overtime compensation– usually at the rate of one-and-a-half times their normal hourly wages– when they work more than 8 hours in a day, or 40 hours in a week. In addition, workers are entitled to certain compensation when they terminate their employment, including salary for accrued vacation time and other benefits. These rights are guaranteed whether or not you belong to a union, and are enforced under federal laws including the Fair Labor Standards Act [“FLSA”], and various state laws, like the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law, and the New Jersey Wage & Hour Law.
Unscrupulous employers frequently try to evade overtime and other legal obligations by designating workers who would qualify for benefits as “professionals”, “salaried workers”, “executives”, or other, so-called “exempt” classifications. Although the law clearly states that an employer cannot avoid paying these benefits just by labeling someone “exempt”, many workers are routinely deprived of payments on that basis, often for years of work.
Williams Cuker Berezofsky represents workers in wage and hour litigation under the FLSA and state laws, in both individual and class action cases. Our clients’ settlements have included compensation for lost wages, as well as payment of penalties and attorney’s fees by the employer. If you wish to consult with us regarding a potential claim, please submit a case inquiry form. A member of our Wage & Hour litigation team will reply.