Understanding Georgia Wage Disputes
Wage disputes arise in a variety of situations. When an employer fails to pay an employee the wages or overtime they expect, those employees have recourse under employment law. When a union is collectively bargaining with an employer and a wage dispute arises, this fall under a branch of employment law known as “labor law.” Wage negotiation issues also arise when employers do not comply with government standards.
Some of the most common wage disputes involve an employee’s direct relationship with his or her employer. In many cases, the employer does not pay the employee wages that he or she expects to be paid. Employers are known to sidestep overtime rules by misclassifying employees as “managers” or incorrectly keeping track of employee hours.
Federal law and government agencies also become involved in cases where wage standards are violated. If your employer is breaking the law, your attorney can help you bring a claim and enforce your rights under the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Your rights are backed up by the U.S. Department of Labor and the court system.
Unscrupulous employers may fail to pay workers for legally mandated breaks or time off. They also fail to pay unemployment insurance or maintain workers’ compensation insurance. Other employees steal tips or otherwise hold money that belongs to their employees. In all of these cases, Atlanta employment attorneys can use contract law and federal rules to help the employees get justice.
Disputes involving unions are often larger and more complicated. Many employees can be involved in these disagreements and federal agencies often participate. Unions have the power to fight for better wages through boycotts, strikes and work stoppages. When a union gets into a wage dispute with an employer, it is important for both sides to be aware of their rights and responsibilities under the law. Sometimes employers try to “break” unions or prevent organization in illegal ways.
When wage disputes arise, employees can feel trapped or powerless. They fear retaliation or termination. We can help. At DeLong, Caldwell, Bridgers, Fitzpatrick, & Benjamin, LLC, our Atlanta labor and employment attorneys fight for the rights of employees who are being mistreated. If you are involved in a wage dispute, you need an experienced attorney on your side. Our lawyers will fight to uphold your rights and the law. If you fear retaliation or have already been retaliated against for using your rights, our attorneys will fight to get you justice and the wages you are owed. Call us now at 470-443-0524 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.