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Texas employer accused of wage theft

Just last week, we discussed the movement here in Texas for a higher minimum wage. While many people think that employers in San Antonio and throughout the state should pay workers more, it is also imperative to hold employers accountable for complying with existing wage and hour laws.

Unfortunately, wage theft--or failing to pay workers properly--is fairly common. You do not have to look too far to find an employer that has encouraged workers to put in time off the clock, or misclassified workers in order to avoid paying them minimum wage or overtime. A lawsuit was recently filed in the Marshall, Texas, area, accusing a company of failing to pay its employees overtime wages.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers must pay non-exempt employees one and one-half times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 in a week. In order to classify an employee as exempt, that employee's job must meet a number of strict standards.

In the case mentioned above, a truck dispatcher has accused his employer of intentionally neglecting to pay him, and other workers, the correct overtime wages. A news story about this lawsuit does not say how the employer allegedly did this--whether it was by employee misclassification or another method of wage theft.

It is important that employers that practice wage theft are held accountable under the law. When an employer is not paying employees properly for their work, employees have the right to pursue legal recourse.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Truck dispatcher sues employer for not paying overtime wages," Michelle Keahey, July 25, 2013

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