On Labor Day, the New York Times reports on what some characterize as a national epidemic of wage theft; a simple and basic failure or refusal to pay the wages and overtime that an employee has earned, More Workers Are Claiming 'Wage Theft.'
Some of the more common ruses that are used to try and get out of paying employees the wages and overtime they've earned include the following:
- changing an employee's time card to reduce the number of hours it shows they worked
- requiring employees to work off the clock
- classifying employees as independent contractors, because independent contractors do not have to be paid overtime
- claiming that an employee is exempt from overtime pay requirements
There is redress and recourse available. Both federal law (the Fair Labor Standards Act) and Kentucky state law allow employees to file suit to recover their unpaid wages and overtime.
Lexington, Kentucky overtime lawyer Robert Abell represents individuals and employees to recover the wages and overtime they've earned but not been paid; contact him at 859-254-7076.