Employees are at the mercy of their employers when it comes to getting paid a fair wage. When employers decide not to pay employees what they are rightfully owed, an unpaid wages lawyer has the expertise and experience in employment law — and knows how to recover unpaid wages in Florida.
It is not uncommon for companies to not pay employees overtime pay, commissions, or other types of unpaid wages. They sacrifice the rights of their employees to boost their own profits., which is not only wrong, but it is also illegal. Federal and state employment laws are complex, so it is important to hire an unpaid wages attorney to obtain the best outcome possible.
How an Employment Lawyer Can Help Recover Wages
1. An Employment Lawyer Stands Up to Powerful Companies and Bullying Managers
When employees are trying to figure out how to recover unpaid wages in Florida, they are often met with denials, excuses, and downright bullying from managers and bosses. From “I do not owe you that money” or “I did not approve overtime for you,” some employers will say and do just about anything to not have to pay you what you are entitled to under the law. It can be very intimidating, frustrating, and stressful. Often, employees will eventually give up.
An unpaid wages lawyer fights aggressively for your rights and stands up to companies and bullying managers (and their lawyers). The employer will have an attorney (or team of attorneys) — and employees have the right to an attorney when there are wage and hour disputes too.
2. An Employment Lawyer Understands Complicated Employment Laws
Federal and state laws are on the books to protect employee rights. From the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to Florida’s Minimum Wage law (did you know that the state’s minimum wage went up in 2019?), an unpaid wages lawyer knows how to navigate the difficult systems, processes, and laws to get a fair resolution for employees that have been denied their rightful pay.
If you want to get a fair resolution, you should not go it alone. An unpaid wages lawyer has your best interests in mind and works with your employer to begin a constructive dialogue to resolve your case. If a fair resolution cannot be agreed to, we are not afraid to go to court and work aggressively to get the best possible outcome.
3. An Employment Lawyer Fights Hard to Recover Unpaid Wages and More
Employees spend a lot of time and effort at their jobs and deserve to get paid what they are owed under the law. Have you noticed that your paychecks have been incorrect? An employment lawyer understands how to recover unpaid wages and more in Florida. Here are the types of funds you may collect when you have a legal advocate:
- Unpaid wages, commissions, and bonuses
- Unpaid overtime — if you worked more than 40 hours per week, you may be able to receive 1 ½ times your hourly pay (and some salaried employees are entitled to overtime– just because you are paid a salary, you are not automatically excluded from overtime pay)
- Back wages and liquidated damages —any back pay due plus liquidated damages that double the amount you are due as a penalty on your employer for violating the law (ex: if you are owed $5,000 in back pay, you may be able to collect $10,000)
- Legal fees — if you go to court and win, your employer must pay your attorneys’ fees and costs per FLSA guidelines
4. An Employment Lawyer Has the Experience You Need to Get the Justice You Deserve
When it comes to making sure your legal rights as an employee are upheld, an experienced employment lawyer is an invaluable legal advocate to get the justice you deserve. It is often very difficult for employees to get what they are entitled to without appropriate legal representation. Aggressive managers and bosses use delay and denial tactics that, in many cases, end up with the employee stopping their actions to recover what they are owed.
If you have unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, unpaid commissions, or bonuses, we are here to help. We are the employees’ law firm and fight hard to get you what you are rightfully owed. Depending on the case, you may be able to collect liquidated damages where you can receive double the amount you are due.
Get Help Today
Contact Wenzel Fenton Cabassa, P.A. today for a free, confidential consultation. We are Florida’s premier employment law firm. If you have not been paid what you are owed by your employer, you have the right to an unpaid wages attorney. It is important not to delay your consultation because, like other legal matters, there are statutes of limitations in unpaid wages cases.
We tackle any workplace violations aggressively and with you, and your family, in mind. You do not have to do this alone. We have helped thousands of people just like you across the state of Florida get workplace justice.
Please Note: At the time this article was written, the information contained within it was current based on the prevailing law at the time. Laws and precedents are subject to change, so this information may not be up to date. Always speak with a law firm regarding any legal situation to get the most current information available.