Are there class-action wage theft lawsuits?
The law does not allow class-action lawsuits in wage theft, only “collective action” lawsuits. The difference is that in a class-action lawsuit, anyone affected by a company’s action is covered by the lawsuit unless they specifically opt out. In a collective action lawsuit, employees affected by a company’s action must affirmatively opt in.
Often these lawsuits involve large, multinational companies. The actual arguing of the case could happen anywhere. But even though the lawsuit is national, McIntyre Law can represent you no matter where you are. And we’ll treat you the same as we would a client who is just around the corner. Our founder, Noble McIntyre, is available to talk about your case anytime.
What to Know Before you File a Lawsuit
There are specific procedures in place for employees to report wage theft, but it can be tricky to navigate. The lawyers at McIntyre Law have taken this on as one of our areas of client representation because we know that it’s not something you likely want to tackle alone. Often, large employers like restaurant chains can get away with wage theft because they employ workers who don’t have many options for income. If you believe that your employer has treated you unfairly, and possibly illegally, when it comes to your wages, we can help. Contact McIntyre Law today so we can help you to receive the payment you deserve for your hard work!
The Statute of Limitations for Unpaid Overtime Claims
Time may be running out on your chance to file a wage theft claim. The statute of limitations for claims varies from state to state. If you’re wondering how to report wage theft and don’t know where to begin, a lawyer for unpaid wages can help. If you want to file a claim so that it’s on record, the place to start would be the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD). It has a toll-free help line and specific instructions for how to report wage theft.
What compensation can I get from a wage theft lawsuit?
Winning a wage theft claim could change your life and the lives of fellow and future employees of your company. Wage theft claims have succeeded in:
- Winning payment of back wages
- Changes in company policies
Working with McIntyre Law
Laws are in place to protect you—the employee—and to help you get unpaid wages if you’ve worked overtime, worked through a break, or through meal times without being paid. We know that people don’t always know that the law protects them or know how to get the compensation they deserve. We want to help people—and their families—get the unpaid wages they deserve for their hard work.
Do you have a case for an unpaid overtime lawsuit?
If you think you aren’t getting paid what you deserve, call us— you may have a case. Our attorneys are here to help you every step of the way. We will help you determine whether you’ve been the victim of wage theft so you don’t have to face the insurance company alone.
What is wage theft?
Wage theft is when an employee is denied wages or benefits that he or she is rightfully owed. This could happen in several ways, including:
- Illegal deductions.
- Assigning full-time employees status as independent contractors (thus denying them full benefits).
- Minimum wage violations.
- Not paying overtime at proper rates.
- Forcing people to work off the clock.
- Employee misclassification.
Laws can vary from state to state. It can also include pressuring an injured worker not to file a Workers’ Compensation claim.