Wage Theft Attorney | Barrett & Farahany

Helping employees find justice in eleven states with offices in Illinois, Georgia, and Alabama.

Fighting to Ensure You Are Paid for Your Work

If you put in the hours for an employer, you deserve to be paid for your time and effort, both from a moral and legal standpoint. The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) explains it in black and white – American employees must make at least minimum wage for every hour they work, and in many cases, time-and-a-half if they work more than 40 hours a week. However, many American workers, especially women, foreign-born employees, and those in low-wage industries, are the victims of wage theft committed by their employers.

If you believe you may have been a victim, reach out to our wage theft lawyers in Alabama, Georgia, and Illinois today. We can help you gain a better understanding of your case and how to get the payment you deserve.

What is Wage Theft?

Wage theft occurs when employers fail to pay their employees for the labor they provide. Unfortunately, this is a prevalent issue in many industries. Some reports suggest that employees lose billions each year due to wage theft. This covers a variety of possible scenarios, including the following:

Misclassifying employees

Forcing them to work off-the-clock

Illegally misreporting hours

Refusing to pay overtime to nonexempt workers

However, in many cases, it’s even simpler – some companies just neglect to pay an employee at all.

Those workers most at risk of wage theft include:

  • Contractors and other temporary workers
  • Employees for which English is their second language
  • Undocumented workers
  • Employees in low-wage industries
  • Workers who receive a flat rate
  • Workers employed by small businesses

Is There Hope In Claiming Back Wages?

If an employee is owed back pay, they can report the violation to the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor. The agency can help workers reclaim their lost wages and, in some cases, may fine the company up to $10,000 upon conviction.

For those employees impacted by wage theft and hitting roadblock after roadblock in securing their back pay, a wage theft attorney in Atlanta can help them navigate the process and assist them in filing a claim against their employer.

Wage theft is a violation of the law, just as stealing from a store or cheating on taxes. Only this time, it’s the American worker who has to pay the price for someone who thinks they’re above the law. While wage theft cases can be complicated, we have the skills and experience needed to help you get what you’re owed.

Don’t Go Without Pay - Contact Barrett & Farahany for Help

Being paid for the work you do is the least you should be able to expect. However, many employees know that employers may attempt to underpay them or refuse to pay them what they deserve. At Barrett & Farahany, we stand up for employees in Alabama, Georgia, and Illinois to help them receive the fair treatment they deserve in the workplace, which includes helping them get the compensation they’re owed. No one should go unpaid for their work. We will work diligently to see that you get paid.

If you’ve experienced wage theft, don’t wait any longer to get help. Contact our wage theft attorneys today for a free consultation to see how we can help.

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Barrett & Farahany

Georgia Office

3344 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 800
Atlanta, GA 30326

Alabama Office

2 20th St N, Suite 900,
Birmingham, AL 35203

Illinois Office

77 W. Wacker Dr. Suite 4500
Chicago, IL 60601


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