Recovery of Unpaid Overtime FL

Protecting Yourself from Employer Retaliation when Seeking Unpaid Wages

If you are owed unpaid wages by your employer, it can be a stressful and frustrating experience. Many employees may feel hesitant to pursue their legal rights for fear of retaliation or reprisal from their employers. However, it’s essential to understand that as an employee, you have certain protections under the law. Here are some tips on how to protect yourself from employer retaliation when seeking unpaid wages:1. Know Your Rights: Understanding your rights as an employee is crucial in preventing employer retaliation. Familiarize yourself with federal and state labor laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which outlines minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. Additionally, research your company’s policies regarding unpaid wages and document any conversations you have with your supervisor or HR representative about the issue.2. Keep Records: Document everything related to your claim for unpaid wages, including emails, text messages, letters, and other written communication. This evidence will help support your case if you need to file a complaint against your employer. Also, keep track of any changes to your work schedule or responsibilities that could be seen as retaliatory measures taken by your employer.3. Be Professional: When communicating with your employer about unpaid wages, maintain a professional demeanor. Avoid making accusations or using inflammatory language, and focus instead on presenting facts and documentation to support your claim. If possible, try to resolve the issue through informal channels like talking to your manager or HR representative before escalating the matter further.4. File a Complaint: If your employer continues to refuse payment or takes retaliatory action against you, consider filing a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor or your state’s labor department. You should also consult with an experienced attorney who specializes in unpaid wages cases to discuss your options for legal recourse.5. Don’t Make Common Mistakes: Some common mistakes people make when pursuing unpaid wages include failing to document their claims, not contacting an attorney early enough, and accepting settlement offers without fully understanding the terms. To avoid these pitfalls, seek guidance from a qualified lawyer who has experience handling unpaid wages cases.In conclusion, while pursuing unpaid wages can be intimidating, knowing your rights and taking proactive steps to protect yourself can help minimize the risk of employer retaliation. By following these tips, you can increase your chances of successfully recovering what you are owed and avoiding unnecessary conflict with your employer.

$2 Million dollar jury verdict for minimum wage worker obtained by Lytle & Barszcz in a federal court trial in the United States District Court Middle District of Florida.

The Plaintiff was a minimum wage worker and had been employed less than one (1) month at the Burger King franchise. About a year before working for the company in 2017, she was in a horrific car accident that led to her needing the trachea tube in order to breathe. She was hired by a manager who was informed about the tube and saw it during her initial interview, but a “higher management official” came to the store after she started working and directed that she be terminated because of the trachea tube.

The jury’s award includes $2 million in punitive damages, as well as $30,000 for emotional pain and mental anguish, and $15,519.60 for lost wages, after just a two day trial.

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