Wage and hour violations frequently arise in the area of employment law. Workers have the right to receive fair wages for the work they do. Under Illinois and federal employment laws, lawyers can help Chicago employees hold employers accountable for paying proper wages.
Each state establishes its own minimum wage. State minimum wages must pay at least as much as the minimum wage set by the federal government. The current Illinois minimum wage for employees (not tipped) is $8.25 per hour, which is a dollar above the federal government’s minimum wage set at $7.25 per hour. In addition to paying employees a minimum wage, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor requires employers to pay employees overtime as covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Employees with work covered by the FLSA must receive overtime pay, which is time and one-half of the regular wage for any hours worked that are over 40 hours a week. Aside from failing to pay workers for overtime, other violations may include making employees work off-the-clock and not paying for that time, or misclassifying workers as exempt to avoid paying overtime. Employers may also classify workers as independent contractors to avoid paying them other benefits they are entitled to receive, such as workers compensation coverage, health insurance or paid vacations if part of a regular employee’s contract.
Consult with an experienced attorney if you suspect your Chicago employer has denied your entitled wages and find out about your rights to compensation under state and federal employment law.
Law Offices of Mitchell A. Kline represents workers subjected to employment law violations and also represents employers when wrongfully accused.