There are a number of federal laws that ensure that all workers are paid a fair wage and are well compensated for overtime work. However, if an employer violates one of these laws then it is the burden of the employee to file a complaint and enforce their rights. The Georgia employment lawyers of Obiorah Fields, LLC understand that it can be intimidating to file a complaint against one’s employer. We assist workers in navigating the complaint process. If your employer has refused to pay you according to legal standards our attorneys can help. Contact us today for a case evaluation.
Atlanta attorneys submitting complaints to WHD on behalf of Georgia workers
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is in charge of enforcing federal laws which pertain to employee pay and overtime. Under WHD rules, workers must be paid at least the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 an hour. Furthermore, employees who work more than forty hours in one week are entitled to one and one half times their normal wage rate for every hour over those forty hours. It is the employer’s responsibility to keep employee time and pay records and to accurately pay each employee according to federal standards. Unfortunately it is not uncommon for an employer to attempt to avoid paying employee’s overtime when they can by not accurately counting hours, failing to educate employees of their rights, or by using other means. Furthermore, it is not uncommon for employers of certain groups such as undocumented workers to attempt and pay employees less than federal minimum wage. In any of these instances our office can act as an advocate for the employee.
All employee complaints regarding wage and hour disputes must go through the WHD. Complaints must not only include the employee’s name and information regarding their employer, but proof of wrongdoing including pay stubs, information regarding hours worked, and other relevant information. If enough detail is not submitted to WHD then it may result in one’s complaint being dismissed. Our attorneys understand how to file a complaint so that it is taken seriously and properly investigated. Contact our lawyers today for a consultation. We assist clients in the greater Atlanta Metro area including Jonesboro, Macon, Savannah, Athens, Kennesaw, Marietta, Decatur, Dunwoody, Stone Mountain, Tucker, Alpharetta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Norcross, Gainesville, as well as the counties of Bibb, Chatham, Clarke, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Richmond.
Atlanta metro area lawyers representing those who demand fair pay in the workplace
Filing a complaint with the WHD can be an intimidating process. Most employees do not know where to start or how to fill out the paperwork. Our attorneys will focus on this process so that you can focus on the future. We also work to protect clients from any potential retaliation on the part of their employer and stick with the case as long as it takes to reach a resolution. We are ready to assist you.