Taking Legal Action for Paycheck Problems in Missouri
You work hard for your money. So, when you experience problems with your paycheck, it can be stressful and cause difficulties that affect you and your family.
In Missouri, wage laws are governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Missouri Wage and Hour laws. These policies cover a wide range of issues from minimum wage, overtime pay, off the clock work, and more. If you are wondering when you can sue an employer in Missouri for payment issues, here are some of the most common situations that arise:
- Minimum Wage. If you are forced to work for pay that amounted to less than federal or state minimum wage standards, you may be able to file a lawsuit.
- Overtime Pay. It is not uncommon for hourly workers to be denied overtime. If you have worked beyond the legally allowed number of hours, you may be able to sue for overtime and obtain the earnings that you are owed.
- Off the Clock. If you work at a job that requires you to perform job-related activities before or after your official work shift, your employer may be liable for overtime pay. These include such actions as putting on a specific uniform, preparing equipment for the job, and other similar tasks.
- Tipped Employees. Under Missouri law and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), there are regulations governing how tipped employees (servers, bartenders, food delivery drivers, etc.) are paid. Although a portion of gratuities may be counted as wages, employers must still pay employees a minimum per hour. If you believe your employer has failed to pay you the correct amount, you may have a legal avenue to pursue.
- Final Paycheck. In Missouri, the employer is almost always required to pay the entire amount of your final wages at the moment he fires you or lays you off. If your employer will not send your last paycheck to you in accordance with the law, you may have legal grounds to sue your employer for wages.
- Reduction in Wages. Before a company, who does business in Missouri, can reduce an employee’s wages, it must provide 30 days notice. If your employer fails to provide the required notice within 30 days of reducing your wages, you may have a cause of action against your employer for violation of Missouri law.
There are also payment issues that may involve discrimination, unpaid commissions, wrongful termination, and other circumstances. Every wage situation is different and that is why it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible if you suspect an issue with your pay.
How Can an Employment Attorney Help with Paycheck Problems?
If you are involved in a dispute with your current or former employer, or need advice about a paycheck-related matter, you should consider hiring an employment lawyer. Don’t go through the process alone. Usually, the employer has more resources and money. It makes sense to contact an attorney to represent your interests.
Get Paycheck Wage Help Now
When it’s time to choose an employment lawyer, pay attention to the lawyer’s knowledge and experience. In wage-related legal matters, it is important to speak to a professional familiar with the laws in your state.
If you are an hourly worker in Missouri or Illinois who has not been paid fairly, call us Ross & Voytas, LLC. We handle all types of wage claims in Missouri and Illinois. Not only will we answer your questions, but we will provide legal guidance and represent you in a lawsuit against your employer if needed.
If we prevail in your case, you may be eligible to receive up to double your missing wages, and have the employer pay attorneys’ fees.
Ross & Voytas, LLC are trial lawyers with big firm experience and small firm values. We combine objective advice with the tactical know-how to obtain the compensation you deserve.
The attorneys at Ross & Voytas bring more than thirty years of combined courtroom and litigation experience to support your rights. Clients have given our St. Louis law firm multiple 5-star reviews and we handle difficult cases.
As natives to St. Louis and licensed in Missouri, Illinois, and various federal courts, Nate Ross and Rick Voytas provide knowledge and personal attention to your legal matter.
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