This is the first post in what will be a series discussing the handling of cases involving wage theft by Atlanta, Georgia employers. We are writing on this topic because, unfortunately, workers often feel that there is nothing they can do in such situations. It is understandable why someone would feel this way as people often think that they have no rights against their employer. The fact of the matter, however, is that the law protects workers who find themselves in such situations. If you feel that you have not received the compensation you are entitled to then contact our office to speak with an employment law attorney.
We will be discussing several topics over our coming articles. Issues which we will analyze include:
- Misclassification of employees as independent contractors
- Claiming unpaid overtime
- Making a claim for unpaid wages
- Disputing an employer taking your tips
These are important topics for a resident of our area to understand. First, employers often attempt to save money by incorrectly classifying employees as independent contractors. In many instances, however, the law will consider the worker to be an employee and they will be entitled to overtime as well as other benefits. Second, the payment of overtime and wages are not optional for employers. People have a right to be paid for time worked. Finally, tip theft is far more common than many people realize and service workers have rights in such situations.
One point we cannot stress enough is that you should contact an attorney as soon as possible if you find yourself a victim of wage theft. You will only have a limited amount of time in which the situation can be dealt with and by making a claim immediately you help to ensure that necessary evidence and witnesses remain available. Our Atlanta employment lawyers regularly handle such matters and have extensive experience in standing up for the rights of victims. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also service areas including Macon, Savannah, Athens, Kennesaw, Marietta, Decatur, Dunwoody, Stone Mountain, Tucker, Alpharetta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Norcross, Gainesville, as well as the counties of Bibb, Chatham, Clarke, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Richmond. We also assist those elsewhere in the state of Georgia and throughout the United States.