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Don't let an employment law violation compromise your finances

Being fairly compensated for your time and work is essential to your financial well-being. For this reason, realizing that you have been underpaid or otherwise mistreated at work can be extremely distressing. However, you can hold employers who violate Georgia employment law responsible for their actions while also seeking back pay and just compensation. 

Wage disputes can be complicated affairs and are rarely straightforward. You might have noticed your paycheck was missing overtime pay and, when you approached your employer, were told that you are classified as an exempt employee. Or you could be missing out on valuable benefits after being misclassified as an independent contractor. Determining which employees are overtime exempt or act as independent contractors should be straightforward, but employers often take advantage of confusion about classifications to short their workers. 

Denying you access to appropriate rest or meal breaks is also a violation of wage and hour laws. This is true even if your place of work is routinely busy and you are regularly asked to work through breaks to help handle rushes. Rather than deny you proper breaks, your employer should more than likely be addressing busy periods with increased staff. 

Whether your employee status was misclassified, your employer denied you adequate breaks, your travel expenses went uncompensated or you were wrongly denied overtime pay, you can take action. Going up against a current or former employer can be intimidating, though, so tackling the process alone is usually not advisable. Instead, if you believe that you were the victim of an employment law violation, you should consider consulting with an attorney who has experience with these types of issues in Georgia. 

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