Workers employed in various fields and from many different backgrounds may be subjected to different employee rights violations in the workplace, such as discrimination and sexual harassment. However, wage and hour violations are especially problematic, and some workers are particularly vulnerable in this regard. For example, those who have immigrated to the U.S. in order to develop their career may have an especially high chance of being taken advantage of, in some instances. If you have experienced any wage and hour violations as an immigrant, it is pivotal to take a firm stance and stick up for yourself.
From minimum wage violations to denied overtime, we have addressed a number of different wage and hour violations on this blog. In this post, we will take a closer look at some of the different ways in which these violations occur. In some instances, employees may not even realize that their rights were violated, while others may be aware that they are being taken advantage of but afraid to speak out. In Kansas City and the rest of Missouri, it is imperative for those who have been subjected to these violations to take a firm stand for their employee rights.
For many minimum wage workers, daily life can be challenging from a financial point of view. From struggling with bills to dealing with car problems, there are many different financial concerns that people may have, which can be especially difficult to manage for those who earn minimum wage. Unfortunately, some workers face additional complications when their employee rights are violated. For example, an employer may fail to pay a worker minimum wage, and they should be held answerable for this behavior.
The rights of workers are violated in many ways, and we have explored many of these types of violations on our blog. It is important to keep in mind that every worker is in a unique position and every case is different. If you are a teen or you are the parent of a young worker, there are a number of unique issues that you should take into consideration to make sure that your rights (or your child's rights) are not violated in the workplace. Moreover, you should not hesitate to take action in the event that wrongdoing has occurred.
Office workers in Kansas don't necessarily view their workplaces as hazardous. However, digital eye strain does pose a serious risk to workers' vision when spending hours a day staring at a computer screen. The American Optometric Association explains why digital eye strain occurs and why taking breaks from your computer screen is so beneficial.
If you are like the majority of Missouri workers, you take a few minutes every hour to do something other than job-related tasks. The law entitles you to breaks throughout the day to eat and to otherwise refresh yourself. At Thornberry Brown, LLC we often represent clients denied their breaks or penalized for taking them.
If you are working for minimum wage in Missouri, you may have noticed an increase in your paycheck since the beginning of the year. This is a direct result from Proposition B that was passed in Missouri in November 2018. This law increased the minimum wage rate from $7.85 per hour to $8.60 per hour beginning January 1, 2019. It does not stop there, however. Minimum wage increases will continue to take place every year until 2023, where it will top out at $12 per hour. After that, minimum wage fluctuations may occur, depending on the cost-of-living at that time.
Missouri employees are entitled to compensation for work they complete. Employers may violate this through a form of workplace larceny known as wage theft. Although traditionally prevalent in the service industry, the popularity of time-tracking software makes digital wage theft possible in any industry or company.
It’s important for workers in Missouri to understand classifications when it comes to employees and independent contractors. How you’re classified influences things like payment schedules and taxes, and it’s imperative that employers abide by the rules to remain in compliance with pertinent wage and hour laws.
There are many people who complain about what they get paid. However, Missouri has a set minimum wage that states employers must at least pay you a certain amount. This offers some protection against low wages, but did you know that some employers do not have to abide by minimum wage laws?