Accomplished Unpaid Wages Attorney Representing St. Petersburg & Tampa Clients
Your employer is required to pay you for your time, period. Furthermore, they must pay you at least the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher of the two. If you have not been paid for hours worked or were paid below the minimum wage rate, contact employment law attorney Craig Berman as soon as possible. He has been helping Florida clients report wage and hour violations for many years and can help you rectify this situation quickly and affordably.
The federal minimum wage rate is $7.25 and the current Florida minimum wage is $8.10. Therefore, you should be making at least $8.10 for each hour worked. If you are not being paid that much, your employer is on the hook for the difference in pay for each hour you have logged.
Florida is one of several states that allows employees who make tips to be paid less than minimum wage, as long as your earned tips amount to a rate of $8.10 each hour. That being said, your employer must pay you at least $5.08 per hour, as well as the difference between that and the state minimum wage if your tips do not equal $8.10.
Suing for Unpaid Wages
If you have been under or unpaid by your employer, you can sue them for the amount you should have been paid. If you worked 40 hours per week for a full year at $7.25 without realizing your employer was required to pay you the Florida minimum wage of $8.10, you could sue for $1,768 in unpaid wages. If other employees were also shorted, a class-action lawsuit against your employer may be in order and you could win damages in addition to unpaid wages if successful.
Attorney Craig Berman can help you determine how best to proceed in a wage and hour case. He will help you file a complaint with the appropriate agency and represent you in any required hearings or court appearances. Don’t let your employer walk all over you, contact Mr. Berman now to get started on your employment lawsuit.