Wage & Hour Lawyers in Washington, DC
Request an Online Video Consultation
The corporations and businesses in our country are constantly growing and expanding. This is excellent for building our economy and establishing global trade, but the problem is that as businesses grow, they sometimes believe that they are beyond the reach of the law. This leads employers to cut corners in fair and legal practice.
The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor has attempted to eliminate such problems by enforcing Federal guidelines to protect workers and their rights to minimum wage as well as overtime pay, amongst several other standards. However, some employers still violate these laws. If you have been a victim of such employment malpractice, Kennard Law, P.C. wants you to know that our wage and hour attorneys in Washington, DC can build you a powerful, aggressive lawsuit.
Minimum Wage in Washington, DC
There are many different local and federal laws that were established to protect employees within Washington DC. Perhaps the most significant of these is the federal law known as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). According to the FLSA, employers must at least pay the national minimum wage, which comes to be $7.25 per hour.
However, depending on your state or district, you may be mandated to receive a higher rate. This fortunate scenario applies to workers in DC, since the DC Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act which had been established in 2016 had stated that the rate would rise each year. As of July 1, 2020, the minimum rate for any worker within the District of Columbia has now been raised to $15.00 per hour, no matter the size of the company or business. Moreover, for tipped employees, the increase has caused the base minimum wage to be $5.00 an hour. If employers do not follow these guidelines, they must be held liable to the court for depriving you of your wages.
Types of Workplace Wage & Hour Lawsuits
Besides being denied the minimum wage for their normal hours, many employees have suffered wrongful treatment by their employers in other ways. For example, employees who receive a salary rather than hourly wages are still entitled to receive overtime payment, meaning time and a half of their regular base pay, so long as they work over 40 hours. Some employers try to cut corners by having salaried workers spend hours of “free” overtime. This is a case where you should immediately contact your knowledgeable lawyers for help.
We aid with many other kinds of lawsuits, including those involving:
- Miscalculated minimum wages and overtime pay
- Refusals to provide adequate meal times or breaks
- Forcing employees to work on their breaks
- Forcing employees to work on their time off
- Misclassifying employees’ roles and positions to avoid paying them overtime
Contact us now at (855) 499-4514 to discover all of your rights and options as an employee facing workplace maltreatment.
Through our years of serving hardworking American citizens, we have found employers are increasingly underpaying employees below the minimum wage, or finding ways to classify workers as “independent contractors” so they do not have to pay them over time. You do not need to remain helpless as a victim in these situations.
If you have suffered unfair treatment from your employers, immediately get in contact with our determined wage and hour lawyers in Washington, DC. At Kennard Law, P.C., our whole team is devoted to helping you receive your rightful reparations for your labor.
Board-Certified in Labor and Employment Law
Our founding attorney, Alfonso Kennard Jr. is board-certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
When you hire us, you work directly with your lawyer, who will spend time learning about your situation and goals. Your case will not be passed off to a paralegal.
We Used to Represent Large Companies; Now We Represent You
Having represented Fortune 500 companies in the past, this places us in a unique position to provide valuable insight when representing workers.
Dedicated to Protecting the Rights of Employees
We understand you have probably never faced a matter like this before. Our attorneys are dedicated to guiding and protecting you through this. You will always remain involved and informed as your case moves forward.
Cost-Effective and Accessible
For potential clients who would like to consult with us but are unable to come to our office, we are now offering phone and video consultations for your convenience.
At Kennard Law, P.C., client satisfaction is of utmost importance. You don't have to take our word for it. Read what past clients have to say here!