Denied Overtime Pay?
Let Chicago Employment Attorney Jemelle Cunningham Help
Chicago employment attorney Jemelle Cunningham refuses to let employers in the Windy City improperly compensate hardworking Chicagoans. Committed to protecting the rights of workers from the South Side to Millennium Park, from the West Side to Soldier Field, and from Lincoln Park to the Loop, Jemelle helps employees successfully resolve wage and hour disputes with their employers. Some employers unlawfully withhold overtime pay from employees, while others misclassify workers in an attempt to avoid overtime or other wage laws. Chicago workers can count on the employment law experience of LAD Law Group, P.C. to help them settle wage and hour disputes quickly.
State and federal employment laws establish rules for overtime pay and protect workers from being denied overtime compensation to which they are entitled. For example, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employers pay covered employees overtime pay for all hours worked above 40 hours in one work week and stipulates that overtime pay be at least one and one-half times an employee’s regular pay rate. Some employers ignore or misunderstand overtime rules, however, and do not pay employees the overtime wages they have earned. If you believe your employer has been improperly compensating you, Chicago employment lawyer Jemelle Cunningham can help you understand and fight for your rights.
Misclassification of Employees and Compensatory Time Off
Some employers try to avoid FLSA overtime provisions by misclassifying hourly employees as salaried workers, regular employees as independent contractors or non-exempt salaried employees as exempt. In fact, the New York Times reported in 2010 that a federal study revealed that employers misclassified 3.4 million regular employees as contractors, while the Labor Department estimates that up to 30 percent of companies misclassify some employees. Whether an employer intentionally or unintentionally misclassifies workers, the misclassification may result in employees not receiving overtime pay to which they are entitled under the law.
Other companies attempt to circumvent overtime laws by offering employees compensatory time off instead of overtime pay. In Illinois, giving employees compensatory time off instead of paying them overtime wages is illegal in the private sector.
Stand Up For Your Rights
An employer’s obligation to compensate employees properly goes beyond complying with overtime pay rules. Federal and state employment laws also establish minimum wage requirements, and employers must follow certain guidelines concerning breaks and meal periods. Employees with concerns can discuss their cases with Chicago employment attorney Jemelle Cunningham. Armed with knowledge of state and federal employment laws and dedicated to protecting employee rights, she works hard to ensure that employers do not get away with underpaying employees in the Chicago area.
Jemelle Cunningham empowers employees to challenge injustice in the workplace, helping workers understand and defend their rights when it comes to wage and hour disputes. Contact Jemelle Cunningham at LAD Law Group, P.C. today to take the first step toward standing up for your rights.