This post concludes and recaps our series on the handling of Atlanta, Georgia cases which involve wage theft by an employer. We felt it necessary to write on this topic as, too often, employees feel there is nothing they can do about such a situation. The fact of the matter, however, is that workers have rights when their employers engage in such conduct. The goal of our last several posts has been to provide information which will allow people to better understand their situation and to assist them in making an informed choice when it comes time to select an employment law attorney. If you have questions then contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We have addressed several topics over our recent articles. Issues which we have analyzed include:
- The misclassification of employees as independent contractors
- Making a claim for unpaid wages
- Filing a lawsuit for unpaid overtime
- Tip theft by employers
These are important topics for an employee to understand. First, one may be considered an employee in the eyes of the law even if their employer termed them an “independent contractor.” The Court will look at several factors to determine if one is an employee and, more often than many people realize, may rule that the worker is entitled to the benefits of an employee. Second, paying someone for work they have performed as well as overtime is not optional. State and federal law provide remedies for those who have not received their full pay. Finally, an employer is not entitled to any portion of a worker’s tips. Those who often receive tips, such as servers, valets, etc., may bring a claim against their company over such conduct.
One point we have stressed through each of these articles is the importance of contacting an experienced attorney if you are not receiving your full compensation. Victims of the above-described conduct only have a limited amount of time in which they may bring a claim and missing this time frame can result in one’s wages being lost forever. If you need assistance then contact our office to speak with an Atlanta employment lawyer. We also service areas including 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. We also assist those elsewhere in the state of Georgia and throughout the United States.