Wage And Hour Laws Are Serious For Employers And Employees
One of our busiest practice areas at Davis & Davis, P.C., is representing individuals who have claims for unpaid wages. We have collected millions of dollars in wages for our clients, through privately negotiated settlements, mediations, arbitrations and through successful trials in the Massachusetts Superior Court.
Companies in Massachusetts need to be vigilant to comply with all aspects of the Massachusetts Wage Act (MGL 149 and 151), because if a company violates the Wage Act, the employee is entitled to treble (triple) damages, plus attorney’s fees, interest at 12 percent and expenses. Furthermore, it does not matter if the company’s violation was inadvertent or accidental; all violations mandate the triple damages. Thus, hypothetically, if an employee is owed $10,000 in unpaid commissions, the amount owed automatically increases to $30,000 once a complaint is filed in the appropriate court.
What Constitutes A Violation Of Wage And Hour Laws?
There are many ways that employers violate the Wage Act. Here are some of the more common examples:
- Unpaid commissions
- Unpaid wages
- Unpaid overtime wages
- Unpaid wages for unused, accrued vacation
- Misclassifying employees as independent contractors
- Failing to pay prevailing wages on public works projects
- Failure to pay employees who are undocumented workers
- Misclassifying salaried employees as exempt from overtime
- Wrongful withholding of tips (typically in the restaurant/bar industry)
- Failure to pay employees for working “off the clock”
Davis & Davis, P.C., has represented virtually every type of employee, from laborers making the minimum wage to well-paid surgeons and senior executives. John Davis, whose experience includes the Fair Labor Division of the Massachusetts’ Attorney General’s Office, has represented countless clients in Wage Act claims.
Davis & Davis, P.C., is also willing to represent companies that need counseling or legal representation with wage disputes. John Davis uses a strict vetting process, because his law firm is committed to workplace fairness and equality and it will not represent any companies that willfully violate labor laws.
Do You Have Questions About Wage And Hour Laws? Call John Davis And His Team.
If you have any questions or concerns about any of the issues mentioned above, give John Davis and his team a call 978-276-9051 or email us for a free telephone consultation.