Minimum Wage

MINIMUM WAGE PAY RATE

Employers are required to pay most employees at least $9.00 per hour. Some employees, however, are exempt from the minimum wage law, such as outside salespersons, individuals who are the parent, spouse, or child of the employer, and certain individuals that are mentally or physically challenged.

EXAMPLES OF MINIMUM WAGE VIOLATIONS

Despite that requirement, many employers engage in practices that result in employees earning less than minimum wage. Examples include: deducting tips or business expenses from wages; and requiring employees to work off-the clock, which means they received zero wages for work performed.

Employers may try to escape the minimum wage law by getting employees to agree to accept less than $9.00 per hour. But any agreement that requires an employee to earn less than minimum wage is unlawful.

DAMAGES

Employees that aren’t paid minimum wage are entitled to damages. Damages can be significant if an employer fails to pay minimum wage to several employees. Damages are not just limited to the unpaid wages, but may also include interest on the unpaid wages, penalties, and the employee’s attorney fees.

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