Wrongful Termination: What It Isn’t

In most states, “Wrongful Termination” is about as illegal as “Wrongful Romantic Breakup” – meaning: it isn’t. When you’ve been dating someone or fallen head over heels, you may not want that other person to break up with you….  but it doesn’t mean that it’s illegal for them to break up with you. Many employees think that if they do what they are supposed to do, don’t break any rules, show up on time, all Read More

5 Common Illegal Wage Practices and What to do About Them

Far too many employers will do whatever they can to try to save a buck or two.  Even more just don’t take the time to know how to follow the wage laws. Unfortunately, these practices often come at the expense of the wages you, as the employee, earned, and should have been paid.  The laws that tell employers how to pay their employees are clear, and these days there are plenty of easy-to-use services that Read More

8 workplace rights that security guards should know they have

Do you work as a security guard, or do you have a family member or friend who does? Many people working in this field don’t know some of the rights that they have in the workplace, and some of their employers don’t know either. In this article, we highlight eight of these workplace rights that you (or they) may not even know about. These can make a big difference in your Read More

Compensation Purgatory: “We’ll pay you your wages when we get paid.”

Has your boss ever told you, “As soon as we get paid, you’ll get paid. The money’s coming – I promise! – just give me some time so I can make it right.”  In our experience, despite that “promise,” those wages either never come at all, only a small portion of them are paid, and/or it takes waaaaay longer than it was supposed to. Meanwhile, you’ve got bills to pay, and no money to pay them, but your boss isn’t doing Read More

How To Complain To Your Boss About Your Pay

Nobody ever says, “Hey boss, I think you’re paying me TOO MUCH money. Would you mind giving me a little less?”  No. Of course not.  You’re pretty much only ever going to say something about your pay in one of two situations:  You feel like the way you are being paid is somehow unfair or wrong You want to ask for more pay (like a raise) How you handle each situation is a little different.  How Read More

‘Comp’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Complementary’

Time off is usually seen as a good thing. We get to sleep in and then spend the day doing whatever we like or whatever needs catching up on thanks to all the overtime we’ve been putting in at work. But what if your overtime ‘pay’ consists of days off instead of the money you’ve worked hard for? Not so relaxing now, is it? What Is Comp Time? Compensatory time, or comp time for short, is when the boss Read More

Clocking In But Not Getting Paid Out?

It’s happened again. For the third week in a row, you worked 45 hours -at the boss’s request- but only been paid for 40. The first time it happened, you gave the company the benefit of the doubt. You just got this job after months of looking for an opening in your field, and didn’t want to rock the boat over five unpaid hours. The second time, you politely mentioned it to your supervisor, who looked irritated but Read More

Freelance Wage Theft: Understanding New York’s New Protections for the Self-Employed

You’re a freelancer, which means that you’re self-employed. Some of your clients, however, seem to think it also means you work for free. You worked hard on their projects. When you ran out of midnight oil to burn, you started immediately on the 1:00 a.m. batch. In each instance, they loved the final result and told you to send your invoice. You did, but a month later you’re still waiting, and all you’re getting Read More

What Happens to Me After I Sue for Wage Violations?

At your company, it’s always business as usual. Same products. Same services. Same practice of shorting workers on their overtime pay, forcing them to work through their breaks and after hours, and paying them for fewer hours than they actually worked. It’s wage theft, plain and simple. You don’t like being shortchanged, so you’re thinking about suing your employer to take back what it stole. But you have Read More

The Startup That Keeps You Down

Most people you know work 9-5 at corporate jobs that come with cushy benefits and a comfortable routine. You’re different. You like excitement. You like the idea of helping turn something promising into a breakaway success. That’s why you ditched the corporate tune in favor of working for a startup that may not just be a one-hit wonder.   You love the product, you believe in the startup’s mission statement, and Read More