Libertyville Labor and Employment Lawyer
Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and Illinois labor laws, employees are entitled to a specified minimum wage. Moreover, unless an employee is exempt, employees are entitled to overtime pay at a rate of one and a half the employee’s regular hourly wage for work that exceeds forty hours in one week.
If your workers’ rights are being violated and your employer is not complying with the applicable wage and overtime requirements, you may be able to take legal action seeking back pay and other remedies. The labor and employment lawyer at William J. Provenzano & Associates, Ltd. represents clients in connection with wage disputes, including unpaid wages, overtime laws, and other workers’ rights issues.
Contact our office at (847) 816-6588. Located in Libertyville, Illinois, he represents clients throughout Lake County, Cook County, and the Chicago metro area.
Wage and Overtime Laws
Under federal and state labor laws, employers are required to pay employees time and a half for those hours worked in excess of forty hours per week. Some employees are exempt from the overtime requirements, however, including salaried employees and those employees engaged in administrative, executive, professional, outside sales, and agricultural activities.
Additionally, employers are required to pay non-exempt employees the current minimum wage and are prohibited from decreasing the minimum wage by costs associated with employment, such as the cost of providing uniforms. Employers can, however, reduce the minimum wage by the cost of meals and lodging if the employer customarily covers such costs. Employees who earn tips and gratuities may have an alternate minimum wage requirement and some employees are exempt from the minimum wage requirements, including domestic service workers, outside salespeople, camp counselors, and employees who work for employers with fewer than four employees.
What to Do If You Have a Workers’ Rights Claim
If you believe that your employer has violated wage and overtime laws, you may wish to consult with a labor and employment lawyer to learn more about your rights and legal options. An employment attorney can help you file a claim with the Illinois Department of Labor or file a lawsuit against the employer to enforce applicable overtime laws and other labor laws. It is important to not delay in consulting with a labor lawyer, however, since there are time limits on when a lawsuit can be filed in court or a claim can be filed with the Illinois Department of Labor.
Libertyville employment attorney William Provenzano handles labor and employment matters, including wage and overtime claims, discrimination claims, FMLA violations, unemployment compensation appeals, and other employment claims. We have represented clients before the Illinois Department of Labor, Illinois Department of Employment Security, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state and federal courts. With more than 30 years of experience handling labor and employment claims, our proven track record of success speaks for itself.
Contact our office at (847) 816-6588 to learn more about overtime laws and recovering unpaid wages.