Most employers are aware of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and of related legislation in the state(s) where they conduct business. But such laws are complicated and subject to amendment, and even prudent employers can break them unintentionally — this is particularly true in larger enterprises, where a single person is unable to oversee all operations.
Exceptional Business Law Attorneys Serving the Pacific Northwest
At Chenoweth Law Group, P.C., we have more than 70 years of combined experience in business and commercial litigation. If your company is facing a civil or class action suit regarding unpaid wages, we can develop effective defense strategies tailored to your needs. We can also help you avoid such suits in the future by ensuring you fully understand your legal obligations and can implement necessary policies.
Understanding Unpaid Wage and Hour Disputes
Wage and hour disputes involve allegations that the employee has been underpaid for the number of hours he or she has worked. Common problem areas include:
- Tips and minimum wages
- Travel time
- Rest and meal breaks, or "off-the-clock" work
- Independent contractors and telecommuters
Some of the most complex cases involve those who are classified as "exempt" from these rules — generally, employees who are paid a salary rather than an hourly wage, such as executives, administrators, professionals, and those in computer-related occupations. Misclassifying an employee as exempt means he or she will not receive benefits, such as overtime, to which they are entitled.
Protect Your Business — Contact Us
Whether you need defense services or sound advice, Chenoweth Law Group, P.C., is prepared to help your business with its employment law concerns. To schedule an appointment with a lawyer at our Portland or Tacoma office, contact us online or call us at 503-446-6261 in Portland or 253-200-5991 in Tacoma.