If you are an hourly employee, it's important that you understand the basic wage and hour laws in Pennsylvania and how they apply to you. If your employer violates these laws, you may have a case against them. Here's what you need to know.
Minimum Wage in Pennsylvania
At this time, the minimum wage in Pennsylvania is $7.25 an hour. This means that you legally cannot be paid any less than this amount. Employers who pay under the table or pay less than $7.25 an hour are in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Lunch & Smoking Breaks
Under the law, a full time hourly employee is entitled to a meal break of at least 30 minutes after working for five hours. Employers are not legally required to provide smoking breaks to employees, although many do.
The minimum wage for employees who also earn tips, such as waiters and waitresses, is $2.83 per hour. However, the employee's tips must at least meet the state minimum wage and if it doesn't, the employer is required to make up the difference for each hour worked by the employee.
In many cases, hourly employees are requested to work overtime, especially during busy times. Employees who work over 40 hours in a week are eligible for overtime pay if the job falls into certain industry categories. Overtime is generally paid out at time and a half for each hour worked over 40 hours.
What to Do If an Employer Violates Wage and Hour Laws
If an employer violates wage and hour laws, such as not paying overtime when you worked over 40 hours per week, not meeting the minimum wage requirements, or not providing a lunch break, you may report this without fear of retaliation. However, many employees are afraid to do so because they fear retribution from their employers, even to the point of losing their job.
Contact Sean A. Casey, Esq. Today to Learn More
Sean A. Casey is an experienced employment law attorney with the skills and resources to represent you in wage and hour violation cases. If your employer has violated wage and hour laws, you can discuss your needs with Attorney Casey and learn more about what your rights are and what you can do to be paid properly according to the law. Call now for a consultation at (412) 201-9090.