Many employers are often looking for ways to increase the profitability of their businesses at all cost. Some employers attempt to do so at the expense of their workers. Many people may discover that their employer has been cheating them, but they may not know how to stop it or what to do about it. If you find yourself in such a situation, here is how you may deal with it.
Hire an Attorney
You may require legal representation when you want workplace problems handled legally. According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers may exploit the lack of legal expertise of their employees and cheat them. An attorney may help you see through the loopholes and get what you are owed through legal redress. Your attorney can cite the FLSA to help you demand for overtime wages. With this act, your attorney may compel your employer to respect your rights as an employee. You can obtain punitive damages as well. However, such awards may be hard to obtain if you have no legal training that your attorney may have.
Have a watertight contract
Your employer may get away with cheating you if you don’t have a properly written agreement or contract. The contract may spell out specific issues that govern your relationship with your boss. Have any agreement put down in writing to ensure all the details are taken care of. A contract may enable you to make a claim in a law court in case your employer breaches the terms of the contract. Without a written agreement, it would be your word against your employer.
Keep Your Own Records
To avoid refusal to comply by your employer, you should keep separate records from the official ones kept by the company. By doing this simple task, you may be able to keep track of all the work you did, which may entitle you to some payment. If possible, have copies of the receipt as well. Apart from work done, you may track the expenditures you incurred on behalf of the company. In this way, you may be able to seek reimbursement.
Ensure Accuracy of Records
Countercheck the records of your work to ensure they are as accurate as possible. Your employer could cite any errors in the records as an excuse for not paying your dues. She may also accuse you of trying to extort money through fraud if she notices that your claims are serious. Verify the number of hours you have worked, the list of benefits and any comments. If you notice any changes in pay, bonuses, insurance premiums and so forth, you should ensure they are reflected.
Many employees lose a significant amount of money because they fail to know what they are owed. You may be able to demand payment for any job done if you have the evidence that you did a job satisfactorily. If your employer withholds your money intentionally, it may be necessary to engage the services of an attorney. An employer may become too obstinate to give you what you deserve, but he or she may be compelled to pay you compensation if you present a convincing case.
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