When you clock in at your place of work, you always do your job to your employer’s satisfaction. In return, you expect to earn a fair day’s wage.
Unfortunately, some employers just don’t want to pay their employees what’s due, despite both state and federal laws in place that are supposed to protect workers from these problems. Here are three telltale signs your employer could be violating your wage-hour rights:
They won’t pay overtime
Under Ohio wage and hour laws, any hours over 40 per workweek are to be paid as overtime (with some exceptions for certain professionals). If your employer is disregarding overtime hours or failing to capture the extra hours worked, you need to ask questions. They could be robbing you, after all.
They can’t seem to keep proper records
Keeping proper records is not only essential for proper accountability, but it is also crucial for ensuring that employees are properly compensated. In fact, the Wages and Fair Labor Standards Act expects employers to maintain records of hours worked, including both regular and overtime compensation.
They are misclassifying employees
Sometimes, an employer may intentionally or unintentionally misclassify an employee as a contractor instead of an employee to avoid paying the benefits they may be entitled to under Ohio’s wage and hour laws. If you believe your employer is misclassifying you, it is important that you seek an audience with the relevant authorities.
Protecting your interests
If you’ve worked hard and given your employer your best, you deserve fair pay. However, if your employer is violating your wage and hour laws, it is important that you take steps to safeguard your interests.