Wage and Hour Claim Attorney in Chicago
As an employee, salaried or hourly, you may have questions or concerns about your compensation. Your employer may have intentionally misclassified you as a salaried employee in order to avoid paying overtime. You may be dealing with a similar issue regarding your pay rate, hours worked or wages owed. In these matters, the Law Offices of Fern Trevino may be able to help you. The firm has represented and counseled employees in the Chicago area for nearly two decades, using a team approach and limiting the number of cases it takes in order to make sure that every client receives personal attention.
Wage & Hour Claims: Protecting Your Right to Fair Compensation
In Illinois, wage laws are governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA). These laws cover minimum wage, overtime pay, classification of employees as exempt or non-exempt, and a number of other key issues. Employees are entitled to compensation for their hours worked and should be paid at least twice a month, with some exceptions. The way an employee is paid will depend on whether he/she is classified as exempt (salaried and therefore not entitled to overtime pay) or non-exempt (hourly and therefore entitled to overtime pay for time worked more than 40 hours in a week).
Some employers may intentionally misclassify employees in order to avoid paying them overtime, certain benefits, and health insurance. For example, an employee who should be non-exempt may be classified as exempt, and an employee may be wrongfully classified as an independent contractor.
Contact a Chicago Employment Lawyer
If you have questions about your classification, hours or compensation contact the firm to schedule a confidential consultation with an employment lawyer. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney will give you information and guidance that is applicable to your specific situation.