When you work a job, you expect to be paid for your efforts according to Pennsylvania law. However, some employers neglect to pay the full wages that are owed to employees. This can be for a variety of reasons, from simple accounting errors to purposeful refusal to pay certain wages. If your employer has neglected
When you work a job, you expect to be paid for your efforts according to Pennsylvania law. However, some employers neglect to pay the full wages that are owed to employees. This can be for a variety of reasons, from simple accounting errors to purposeful refusal to pay certain wages.
If your employer has neglected to pay the wages that are owed to you, you may be able to take legal action. Here's what you need to know.
Minimum Wage Violations
The minimum wage in Pennsylvania is $7.25 per hour. Any employer that pays below this amount is violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Minimum Wage Violations For Tipped Employees
The minimum wage for tipped employees is much less than the standard minimum wage, but many people don't know that an employer is required to make up the difference for any hour where the tips collected do not equal the minimum wage.
This means that if the standard minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, and the tipped employee only makes the tipped minimum wage of $2.83 during two slow hours, the employer is required to pay the employee an additional $8.83 for those two hours.
Hourly Pay Violations
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, an employer must pay an employee for every single hour worked. An employer may not request that an employee work "off the clock," or request that an employee work through an unpaid meal break. Additionally, an employer must pay for travel time and any training classes that are required for the position.
Under Pennsylvania law, deductions may be taken from an employee's paycheck for expenses or debts owed. However, an employer may not make so many deductions that the employee's paycheck falls below the minimum wage for all hours worked.
Vacation Pay Violations
No Pennsylvania law requires an employer to pay for vacation time; however, if their employment policy does allow you to accrue paid vacation, you may be eligible to receive payment for any unused vacation time.
If your employer tries to deny you payment for unused vacation that you have accrued, you may be able to use legal action to compel your employer to do so.
When to Contact an Unpaid Wages Attorney
If you suspect that your employer may be breaking the law by making wage violations, such as paying below minimum wage or not paying for every hour worked, you may be able to take legal action. A skilled unpaid wages attorney in your area can assist you in learning more about your legal rights to payment and can help you bring forward a claim.
Sean A. Casey has worked with numerous clients on unpaid wage cases and can bring his expertise and resources to the table in your case. Call now for a consultation to discuss your legal situation at (412) 201-9090 or toll free at (888) 658-0041.