Unpaid Wages and Overtime

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Do You Need a Tennessee Lawyer for Unpaid Wages or Wage & Hour Violations?

Is your employer failing to pay you the full wages you are owed? Has your employer failed to listen to your complaints and the complaints of your co-workers?  Are you wondering what to do and what your rights are?  

Wage theft comes in many forms — tip skimming, the failure to pay overtime, the failure to pay travel time, the failure to pay earned commissions, misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor, and the failure to pay for mandatory “off-the-clock” time.  

You may feel as though all the leverage is on the side of your employer. We have structured our representation of employees in wage theft cases so that the leverage is on your side.  It is an easy process that focuses on our ability to maximize the recovery for your unpaid wages with no out-of-pocket costs.  

  1.  No Out-of-Pocket Fees or Costs — We don’t charge you out-of-pocket fees or costs.  Many clients tell us that they did not know that they could hire a wage lawyer and not pay an upfront fee.  We represent you on a contingent fee basis and only get paid if we win.  
  2. Anti-Retaliation — We pursue workplace retaliation claims against employers who retaliate against employees for asserting their right to be paid their full wages.  

At a time when every dollar counts, it’s important to know that you can get the legal representation you need to fight for the full wages you deserve without dipping into your hard-earned savings.

Top 5 Wage Violations in Tennessee:

  1. Not Paying Overtime. Employers must pay the overtime rate of one and a half times an employee’s regular rate of pay for every hour over 40 hours. An employer can’t pay overtime at a “straight time” rate in cash. 
  2. Failing to Pay Minimum Wage.  Employers are required to pay hourly workers in accordance with the current wage rate.
  3. Mis-classifying Workers as Independent Contractors. Especially in our current gig economy, employers will attempt to get around Tennessee and Federal wage laws by misclassifying employees as independent contractors. You need experienced counsel to help navigate the legalities behind proper classifications of employees.  
  4. Cheating Workers Out of Commissions. If you are in sales and work on commission, your employer must pay your earned commission. 
  5. Stealing Tips. All tips and service fees must be paid to service staff — waiters, waitresses, bartenders, and bus persons.  The “back of the house” is not allowed to receive any of the tips or service fees collected from customers, nor is any other employee who is not engaged in serving the customers.   

It can be difficult for workers who are paid an hourly wage to figure out if they are receiving their full wages. It is not an easy issue to bring up with your boss or a manager. 

Many workers simply take what they are given and suffer in silence. It does not have to be that way. We were counsel in a recent 5.1 million dollar total settlement of a class action depriving truck workers of owed wages in Nashville. We also helped a client win a trial against a music studio following a wrongful termination after reporting violations of wage & hour laws.

Get Paid in Full for Your Hard Work

You work hard for your paycheck each week.  Your employer is not allowed to pay you less than you are owed by law.  You have rights in Tennessee which require your employer to pay you in full for your hard work.  

 Contact us today to learn about your rights and how to get paid for all your hard-earned work. 


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