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The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as well as the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law provide remedies for employees who are short-changed by their employers and do not receive all the compensation to which they are entitled.
Unpaid Wages: Minimum Wage
Employees are entitled to the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher. The Maryland state minimum wage is higher than the federal and that is what employers must pay. There are some exceptions to the rule, for example, those who receive a tip as part of their work may receive less in an hourly wage, but, their wage plus tips must equal at least the minimum wage. George R. Roles, Attorney & Counselor at Law will meet with you and evaluate whether or not you have been short-changed by your employer.
Unpaid Wages: Overtime Pay
Employees who work more than a certain number of hours in any one work week are entitled to over-time pay. There are some exceptions to the rule, and the number of hours over which overtime must be paid varies with the industry.
Although Maryland is an “at-will” state, meaning employers do not have to have a reason to fire employees, they may not do so if it violates public policy, is for an illegal reasons or is in violation of the employment contract. Examples of illegal reasons are:
Discrimination for any reason.
Retaliation for being a whistleblower.
Retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim.
Retaliation for asserting the right to be paid minimum wage.
Retaliation for asserting the right to be paid for lost overtime pay.
Contact Centreville Unpaid Wages Attorney, George R. Roles
If you believe your employer has not paid you properly, has not paid you for your overtime work, or if you were wrongfully terminated, contact George R. Roles, a Centreville Unpaid Wages and Wrongful Termination lawyer. Call him at (443) 262-8501 to arrange for a free consultation. He serves all those in the following cities: Anne Arundel, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Caroline, Kent, Cecil, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset, Worcester, Easton, Denton, Centreville, Kent Island, Chester, Chestertown, Cecilton, Cambridge, Salisbury, Annapolis, Severna Park, and Arnold.