Category Archives: Wage and Hour Claims

Our Dallas employment lawyer helps workers who have wage and hour claims hold employers accountable.

Are My Wage Increases Matching Inflation?

The US minimum wage gives employees the right to earn a certain amount of money to be able to live humanely. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, 141,000 Texas workers earned less than minimum wage. Although many people don’t think that the minimum wage is livable, employers still commit wage theft every day, meaning hard workers earn even less than the minimum mandate. Current efforts in states across the country are trying to accomplish wage increases. As minimum wage laws change, it is important to keep track of paychecks to make sure employers are keeping up with the laws. Currently, Texas’ minimum wage is the federal minimum standard of $7.25 per hr., but increases in the number of jobs and the cost of living in many Texas cities is causing Texas politicians to discuss increasing it. Once your local or state government increases the wage, it…
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Could Raising the Minimum Wage Decrease Employment?

Many states are now passing legislation to raise minimum wages. Previous minimum wages are not matching the inflating cost of living in the United States. Minimum wage increase faces heavy opposition from many politicians who argue that raising it will eliminate many low paying jobs. Recently, Arizona raised their minimum wage from $8.05 to $10, and are reporting an increase in low-skilled labor in the service industry almost 6 times greater than the rest of the economy. While Arizona and other states are in the beginning stages of minimum wage increase policies, seeing an increase in employment is a step in the right direction for employee rights and silencing opponents of the increases. In Texas, the minimum wage is $7.25, and making any less than this is illegal. How Can My Employer Commit Wage Theft? Not paying overtime: Any employer requiring you to work “off the clock,” or asking you…
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When are Unpaid Internships in Violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act?

There have been several cases over the last several years involving unpaid interns filing class action lawsuits to recover wages. MGM recently settled for $232,500 with unpaid interns it had hired. According to the MGM intern who filed the lawsuit, she was hired to perform entry-level work. Similar lawsuits were filed against Comcast, Conde Nast and Viacom. Unpaid internships may be illegal if they are not educational and for the benefit of interns. There are some cases where unpaid internships at for-profit organizations are in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Department of Labor has six criteria that must be met for an unpaid internship to be considered lawful. Internships must be similar to the type of training which would be given in an educational environment. Internships must be for the benefit of interns. For-profit organizations cannot receive the primary benefit. Interns cannot be hired to replace existing…
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