Common Wage Theft Methods
Anyone can fall prey to unfair labor practices such as wage theft. Here are some methods that employers might use just so they won’t give you the wage you worked for.
- Employee misclassification – To avoid paying their staff benefits, there are employers who misclassify employees as independent contractor. Instead of using the employee label, they use the independent contractor label to avoid higher deductions on their end.
- Minimum wage violations – You should know the minimum wage for your state. Employers not adhering to the higher minimum wage is subject to a lawsuit.
- Working off the clock – Work starts when you enter the workplace, including the time it takes to don protective gear and ends when you leave the workplace, including the time it takes to clean up from the day. Be wary if your employer asks you to work before and after set hours without additional pay.