Certain companies often resort to saving money by cutting corners and other unethical means. Unfortunately, it is often the case that this happens at the expense of the employees. However, by recognizing when you have been wronged, it’s possible to do a whole lot about it and make a stand against the violators. To make it easier for you, let’s examine 4 payment violations commonly taking place in the corporate world of today:
1. Not being paid for working overtime
Have you ever been asked to work overtime, but weren’t compensated fairly for it, or worse, haven’t been compensated at all? When this happens, not only do you feel cheated, but you get to spend less time with your family or doing the things you love. In most countries, the laws dictate that employees need to be rightfully compensated for their work.
Some employers take advantage of your lack acquaintance with these laws and claim these don’t apply in your particular case, while in reality, this is a clear-cut case of wage theft. If you ever suspect something similar is happening to you, you should get in touch with a wage theft lawyer who will be able to assist you.
2. Illegal payment deductions and minimum wage violations
Given the fact that every employee deserves to be paid fairly for his or her work, most countries have set their own minimum wage requirements. If you’re not being paid enough for an hour’s worth of your work, then seek the services of a lawyer as soon as possible.
Sometimes, companies also try to trick their workers into taking the blame and covering the costs they shouldn’t be covering. An example of this is docking an employee’s pay for water and electricity usage, which – unless it’s justified – is simply not a fair practice.
3. Not being allowed to discuss money-related matters
There’s an increasing number of companies who forbid their employees from discussing their wages with anyone else. This is problematic for a wide range of reasons; first of all, it prevents them from unionizing, which is a way of taking away their power.
Another reason is that such a policy makes it really simple to cover up other violations such as gender-based or ethnicity-based discrimination.
As a matter of fact, pay secrecy is outlawed in many countries. You can either research if this applies to your state as well, or ask a specialized lawyer about it.
4. Delaying payment or not paying at all
An employee deserves a fair payment for a fair amount of work, there’s just no going around it. If no payments are made for months on end even after discussing the issue with your superiors, then this is a clear payment violation that should be reported to the authorities.
It’s customary to pay for any travel expenses your employees may incur. If you’re not fairly compensated for them, this is another way your employers may be taking advantage of you.
By keeping all of this in mind, you’ll be able to stay alert and immediately notice when you or one of your loved ones is being taken advantage of. As with all things in life, you have to fight for your right, and never allow yourself to be victimized by anyone. In other words, you owe this to yourself, and if things can’t be solved with words alone, getting a lawyer involved is your best bet.
Founder Dinis Guarda
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