WAGE CLAIM LAWYER IN SEATTLE, WA
Any failure to properly be compensated for work you have provided to your employer is wage theft. Employers may deliberately or accidentally misclassify your employment status, pressure you to not seek workers’ compensation, fail to pay you for every hour you work, overlook legally required breaks, give improper notice for a layoff, withhold vacation time, or keep your sales commissions and tips. If you are a non-exempt employee your employer may short you on overtime. In Washington state, overtime pay is time and a half for every hour worked over 40 hours during a work week.
The laws that govern employee pay are complex, change regularly, and are governed by both state and federal regulations that often overlap. Determining if an exemption applies to your wage claim case is no simple task. Seattle wage claim lawyer Damian Mendez represents individuals, union members, and groups of employees in wage claims. He has been very successful in jury trials, arbitrations, mediations, and negotiating on behalf of employees.
OUR APPROACH TO WAGE CLAIM CASES
If you believe your employer has violated wage and hour laws you should contact an attorney immediately. Wage claims are subject to a statute of limitation and vital information can be lost with time. Do your best to document all matters concerning your wages, including detailing all hours worked and compiling pay stubs showing the number of hours and rate at which you were paid.
Once a violation is determined you have several options, including a hearing with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (which can eliminate your right to a lawsuit or limit the damages you can recover), a settlement negotiated directly with your employer, and/or litigation. Damian Mendez will help you collect and sort through all facets of your particular wage claim infraction. We will obtain information from the employer to determine what laws or exemptions apply to the business and its employees, examine time and payroll records, conduct employee interviews and perform other duties that may affect an employee's wage claim.
Employers who willfully fail to pay employees as required can be liable for two times the employee's losses as well the employee’s attorney fees. Mendez Law Group, PLLC does not charge a fee if your case is unsuccessful.
“I was very happy with the results of my case thanks to attorney Mendez's excellent representation. He was very knowledgeable and insightful when helping me explore my options. I obtained a more than favorable ruling thanks to this professional composure and his winning strategy. If you want an efficient lawyer that also has reasonable fees, attorney Mendez goes above and beyond.”
TYPES OF WAGE CLAIM CASES WE REPRESENT
Unpaid overtime, piece-rate, and minimum wages
Meal and rest break violations
Misclassification of employees as independent contractors
If you are the victim of wage theft it is important to act before the statute of limitations passes. Call the Mendez Law Group, PLLC today at (206) 395-9169.