Most people go to work wanting to do a good job in exchange for fair pay and treatment. In many workplaces, however, the exchange of labor for payment skews in the employer's favor. Employees do not necessarily know their rights and they can easily be nervous about speaking up when their rights are being violated.

If you are experiencing some sort of wage theft, like unpaid overtime or expectations about working without pay, contact us at Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC. With offices in Chicago and Geneva, we serve Illinois employees who are in the midst of wage and hour disputes.

You should not have to feel like you can't speak up about your right to fair pay. If you did your job, your employer should do its job. We are aggressive advocates for employees, and we will take your case seriously.

How Wage Theft Occurs

Employers do not necessarily intend to commit wage theft, but it can still easily happen. Many workers who experience wage theft do not speak up against it because they either lack the resources to take legal action or simply do not understand their rights under employment law.

These are some common ways that employers engage in wage theft:

  • Paying less than the minimum wage: Despite clear legal requirements for minimum wage, some employers either do not understand the regulations, implement them incorrectly or (in some cases) intentionally pay workers less than the law demands.
  • Working off the clock: Some employers set work standards that simply cannot be met by working only during regular work hours. For example, an employee may need to handle an overflow of customer requests, but be told that he or she cannot work overtime. Employees may then clock out and return to work or fail to report time that they otherwise worked.
  • Employee misclassification: Workers must be classified as full-time, part-time, seasonal, freelance, contractor or regular employees, etc. These classifications outline the specific requirements employers must meet when dealing with these employees. Classifications can be challenging, and some employees whose work reflects regular full-time employees still get classified as contractors or part-time workers. When this happens, they end up being denied the benefits that other employees receive.

Reach Out To Our Employment Attorneys

If you believe you were not paid properly for your work, contact a lawyer at Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC. We can be reached online or by calling 630-232-7450.