The Paycheck I.O.U.

What happens when the company you work for tells you that they are not going to pay you until the company gets paid? “We are so sorry but because the company has not gotten paid yet, we can’t pay you at this time.  As soon as we get paid on this contract, we will make it up to you.  We appreciate your patience and understanding.  Thank you for being such a loyal and valuable employee.”  Sound familiar? You’re Read More

Top 7 Reasons to Take Action Against Illegal Wage Practices

Unscrupulous employers are constantly finding new ways to cheat employees like you out of the wages they are rightfully entitled to. Refusing to pay time-and-a-half for overtime, charging you for breaks you never took, failing to pay minimum wage, forcing you to work off the clock, threatening you with termination or potentially even calling immigration if you approach them about paycheck discrepancies. These Read More

Overtime Rules: What Your Employer Can and Cannot Do

The Bottom Line: Your employer must pay you for EVERY minute you work, and pay you TIME AND A HALF for every minute you work OVER 40 hours as long as you are a non-exempt employee. Period. An employer can: Require employees to work more than 40 hours. Rule that employees not work over 40 hours. Discipline employees for breaking the rule to not work 40 hours. An employer cannot: Ask employees to Read More

If You Have A Wage Claim, Why Not Go It On Your Own?

Imagine two different travel scenarios. In the first, book some tickets to a completely unfamiliar locale for your vacation. You check out some guide books and do some research on the internet about your destination ahead of time, but other than that you decide to wing it. As it turns out, you end up wasting a lot of time trying to figure out directions and where the best places to visit even are.  Meanwhile, you Read More

I Want to Take Action Against My Employer, But I Can’t Afford a Lawyer…Right?

Have you ever heard of a Catch-22? The term comes from a famous book, and has come to be mean “a paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape because of contradictory rules. An example would be: To apply for a job, you need to have a few years of experience. But in order to gain experience, you need to get a job first.“ (Thanks, Wikipedia!) Now, what does that have to do with you?  Let’s use a real Read More

Don’t Let These 7 Things Stop You From Obtaining Wage Justice

Below are seven obstacles that too often prevent workers from speaking up and taking action to protect their wage rights. All of these barriers to wage justice are unnecessary, and we’ll explain how we can help you overcome them. 1) Unfamiliarity with the system The lack of knowledge about the system and wage rights is one of the biggest reasons workers fail to take action when they have been wronged. Simply Read More

Women Facing Wage Underpayments

We’ve noticed that lately we have been hearing from a significant number of women - especially in professional settings - with concerns about how they are being paid. It is shocking how many small businesses and startups in particular will ask people to work for them for weeks and months at a time sometimes with no pay at all, or sometimes with a fraction of what the law says they should pay.   Illicit wage Read More

What Should I Tell People?: 8 Tips for How To (and How Not To) Talk About Your Termination, Part 2

In our last blog we provided four tips for how to (and not to) talk to people about your termination. Getting fired is never fun, but you’ve got to remember to be careful about how you talk about it -- not only for any potential legal action you are planning to take, but also for your reputation and peace of mind. Click here to read Part I of this blog. Today, we will outline four more tips to help you properly Read More

What Should I Tell People?: 8 Tips for How To (and How Not To) Talk About Your Termination, Part 1

One thing that few people are ever truly prepared to handle is getting terminated from a job. There is no “Getting Fired 101” to teach you how to react and how to bounce back. There is a lot of fear, confusion, anger, and embarrassment. Aside from the obvious challenges of finding a new job and figuring out how to pay the bills, most people are also unsure and worried about how to talk about their termination with Read More

Immigration and Wage Rights

In our last blog we discussed how fear often plays a large role in why employees neglect to report employer wage violations. Workers are scared that, by speaking up, they will be exposing themselves to negative retaliation at work or even being fired. Fortunately, there are laws in place that prohibit employers from taking retaliatory actions against an employee for simply defending his or her rights. However, Read More