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Wage and Hour: Employees


What are my rights? 
Employees have significant protections under state and federal law when it comes to the payment of wages.  The most common protections involve the payment of overtime and minimum wage rates.  Subject to well established exemptions and exceptions, employees are entitled to be paid at least the minimum wage for every hour worked, and time and a half for every hour worked beyond 40 in a workweek.  In addition, Maryland law goes further to ensure that employees are protected against employers who fail to pay for all hours worked, or wrongfully deduct hours, regardless of whether those hours are overtime hours or not.  Maryland law ensures that employees are timely paid for all wages, including hourly wages, bonuses, commissions, fringe benefits, overtime premiums, or any other remuneration promised for the employees’ services.

What are some common violations?
Common violations include:

  • Misclassification of employees as “salaried exempt” to avoid overtime
  • Misclassification of employees as independent contractors
  • Paying a straight time rate for overtime hours
  • Wrongfully withholding vacation pay at termination
  • Wrongfully withholding commission payments
  • Wrongfully calculating overtime only after 80 hours worked in two weeks
  • Automatically deducting time for breaks not taken
  • Making other wrongful deductions from your paycheck
  • Failing to pay employees for travel time between worksites
If my rights are violated what can I do about it? 
When a violation occurs, an employee may be entitled to bring a lawsuit to recover the wages owed, as well as an additional amount to raise the total recovery up to three times the amount of wages owed.  Further, most statutes provide for the attorneys fees and costs incurred to be paid by the employer.

What can the Law Offices of Mark W. Howes do for me?
The labor and employment attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark W. Howes regularly advance wage and hour lawsuits on behalf of employees and have been successful in recovering owed wages, liquidated damages, and attorney’s fees.  If you believe you have been the victim of a wage and hour violation contact the Law Offices of Mark W. Howes for a free consultation with an experienced employment attorney.  ​