If you believe your Oakdale, NY, employer failed to pay you for the hours you worked, or you have other concerns about unpaid wages and overtime on Long Island or in New York City, you may be able to speak with a member of the Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. team for free.
If you can show your employer violated any state or federal hour and wage law, you may be able to file a claim or take legal action to pursue your unpaid wages and other damages.
You may be able to get help and representation from an Oakdale unpaid wages and overtime lawyer at no out-of-pocket cost to you. Call (631) 600-0000 today for a free case review with a member of our team.
Wage Theft Occurs More Often Than Many People Realize
Whether it happens accidentally or intentionally, wage theft occurs far more often than many people realize. It can occur in so many ways that many victims may not even realize they are not receiving the full wages and overtime they earned. Calculating wages can become very complex, but your employer has a responsibility to get it right.
According to the National Consumers League, some of the ways that wage theft may occur in business may include:
- Violations of the minimum wage laws, especially with recent increases in New York
- Violations of rules for tipped employees
- Overtime violations or miscalculations
- Break time violations
- Failing to pay employees when they work qualifying travel time
- Failing to pay employees for on-call or waiting time
- Concerns related to misclassified employees, including unpaid overtime
- Refusing to pay for leave despite contracts or documents stating leave is paid
We know it can be difficult to determine on your own if you have a viable case for unpaid wages and overtime. This is why our team offers free case evaluations for those who live or work on Long Island or in the five boroughs of New York City.
We can help you understand how much you should have earned and if you were the victim of wage theft. Then, we may be able to help you pursue the back pay and other damages you deserve. Contact us today to get started.
State and Federal Laws Require You to Be Paid for All Hours Worked
Wage theft is illegal. If your employer refused to pay you your full wages or overtime wages for the hours you worked–or refused to fix a mistake they made in your pay–they are likely violating at least one federal or state hour and wage law. Hour and wage laws are the part of employment law that outline employee classification, overtime pay, minimum wage, and many other key parts of ensuring you get compensated for the hours you worked.
If your employer committed wage theft, either during a one-time incident or on an ongoing basis, we may be able to help. Our team has three primary goals when we accept an unpaid wage and overtime case. You can count on our unpaid wages and overtime attorney to:
- Help you understand the applicable hour and wage laws
- Hold the employer accountable and force them to stop their illegal wage theft
- Recover the back pay and other damages you earned
To learn more about how we may be able to hold your employer responsible and ensure you receive the wages you earned, call Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. today at (631) 600-0000.
Let Us Help You Pursue Back Pay and Other Damages
We encourage you to discuss your options for pursuing back pay with us before you take any action. We want to ensure you receive the money you earned as soon as possible, but we do not want you to cut yourself short. We can help you calculate the full value of your unpaid wages. You may not realize how much your employer has taken from you through wage theft.
In addition to seeking and securing back pay for your unpaid wages, you may be eligible for additional damages from your employer. According to the New York Department of Labor, an employer who failed to pay their employees correctly may be on the hook for additional damages up to 100 percent of the value of the unpaid wages. This means if your employer failed to pay you $20,000, you may be able to recover an additional $20,000 in other damages.
Time is Limited to Hold Your Employer Accountable for Wage Theft
In general, you may only have two years to file a claim and hold your employer responsible for the wages they failed to pay you, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. This time limit applies if the wage theft was accidental. For an intentional, or “willful,” violation, federal law gives you three years to pursue a case against them.
New York law echoes this limit. In fact, the NYS Division of Labor Standards will not accept claims from those whose unpaid wages come from more than three years before. Our team can help you determine if you still have time to take action in your case, but you should reach out to us as soon as possible just in case.
Contact an Unpaid Wages and Overtime Attorney Today
At Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C., an Oakdale unpaid wages and overtime lawyer may be able to calculate your unpaid wages and related damages and pursue the payout you deserve. You can reach a member of our team today for a free case review by calling (631) 600-0000.