4 examples of wage theft

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2024 | Wage And Hour Claims |

Wage theft is a serious issue that can lead to financial issues for employees. If you are a victim of wage theft, you could take legal action to recover your lost wages. 

Several scenarios can lead to wage theft. Learning about how wage theft happens can help you begin a legal case. Here are a few examples:

1. You were not paid overtime

Employees have strict limits on how long they can work. If an employee spends more time working than they are required to, then they are eligible for overtime pay. Kentucky pays employees who work overtime one and one half their regular salary for every hour worked over 40 hours in a workweek. If you are not given overtime pay for your extra hours worked, then it could be a legal issue. 

2. You were asked to work “off-the-clock”

Did your employer ask you to work extra hours without pay? Even if you worked the extra hours, you may still be eligible for overtime pay. If your employer argues that you volunteered your hours, you may be a victim of wage theft.

3. You were misclassified as exempt or a contractor 

An employee’s classification can determine what benefits they receive. If you are classified as exempt, you may not receive overtime pay. If you are classified as a contractor, you could lose the right to overtime pay, minimum wage and other benefits. If your employer misclassified you, you may need to learn about your legal options. 

4. You are not receiving minimum wage

The minimum wage in Kentucky is $7.25. You should receive minimum wage. Receiving any less could be a violation of your rights and an act of wage theft.

There are many different forms of wage theft. Legal guidance is available if you wish to pursue legal action and recover your stolen wages. 

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