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wage & hour disputes

Labor Disputes Involving Wages & Hours

There has been a lot of talk in Washington, DC, and nationwide recently about the need to increase the minimum wage from the current hourly rate of $7.25. Some states have set minimum wage thresholds above $7.25, but Alabama is not one of them. In fact, many workers in Alabama and across the U.S. don't even earn the minimum wage because their employers do not heed the minimum wage standards set by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The law firm of Winston Cooks represents individuals in Greater Birmingham and throughout Alabama who are victims of wage and hour infractions by an employer. If you are a victim, you may be eligible to be fully compensated for back pay plus punitive damages.

There are important deadlines for pursuing wage and hour disputes, so do not delay in contacting our experienced attorneys.

How Employers Take Advantage Of Workers

The most common wage and hour disputes we see in this area are as follows:

• Service industry workers who receive tips and therefore are not required to be paid the $7.25 minimum wage as long as they receive enough in tips to make up the difference
• Workers who are forced to work overtime without proper compensation
• Workers who are forced to work off-the-clock or who are not paid for short breaks
• Failure to pay for work performed at home, on-call time or prep work
• Workers who are improperly classified as salaried workers and therefore exempt from overtime

At the Birmingham law firm of Winston Cooks, our attorneys are committed to protecting employees' rights in wage and hour litigation and class-action litigation arising from wage and hour violations. We are prepared to advocate for you in court if a resolution cannot be reached through negotiations. It is critical to enlist the services of an employment law firm like ours that has trial-tested lawyers.