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WAGE & HOUR CLAIMS

Seattle Wage and Hour Claims

Claims Against Your Employer

Washington and federal law require your employer to pay you overtime and minimum wages and to pay all wages owed to you. While the laws and regulations concerning wages are complicated, your employer generally must pay you overtime and a minimum wage which is set by law. Washington has a number of statutes that establish the standards for payment of wages and overtime, including the Washington Minimum Wage Act and the Washington Wage Payment Act. Federal law also regulates payment of wages in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Our attorneys have experience pursuing employers, big and small, for violating Washington and federal laws concerning wage payments. Types of claims that are common for wage and hour claims include:

  • Unpaid overtime or improperly calculated overtime payments;
  • Claims for failure to pay minimum wages;
  • Failure or refusal to pay wages;
  • Unlawful deductions from your wages;
  • Improperly classifying work as “off the clock”;
  • Misclassification of employees and independent contractors; and
  • Misclassification of exempt and non-exempt employees.

Washington and federal law protect your rights as an employee and require payment of a minimum wage and time-and-a-half for overtime worked beyond 40 hours each week. Your remedy against your employer will vary depending on the circumstances of your employment and facts regarding your specific claim. It is important that you contact an attorney quickly to make sure that you do not miss important deadlines or filing requirements.
If you think that your employer is failing to pay you overtime or failing to pay minimum wages, contact our office for a free consultation. The laws regarding wage payments may require the employer to pay your attorney fees if you prevail. In addition to seeking legal counsel, the Department of Labor and Industries may also intervene on your behalf if you report the situation to the Department. LNI maintains a website that explains your rights and the wages that should be paid to you (http://www.lni.wa.gov/WorkplaceRights/Wages/default.asp).

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