Employment Law Questions? Ask an Employment Lawyer.
Hello, my name is XXXXX XXXXX it will be my pleasure to assist you today. My goal is to provide you with excellent service. Are you online with me today?
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First, let me say that I am terribly sorry to hear that you are in this situation. It is a shame when an employer makes a decision without legitimacy, especially when that decision is quite frankly wrong. In regards XXXXX XXXXX being from the state of New York, New York law applies to all workers performing work in the state of New York.
Paying an employee less than the prevailing wage is unlawful and can result in a very easy fix for you, and some heavy fines for your employer.
All you would need to do is file an unpaid wage claim with the New York Department of Labor. This can be done here:
NYS DOLDivision of Labor StandardsState Office CampusBuilding 12, Room 185CAlbany, NY 12240
It can be done by filing out this form:
Then I would get fired.
It is illegal to fire an employee for making a wage claim.
If this did occur you would have what is known as a retaliation claim.
You would be entitled to back pay, front pay, and emotional damage.
In that instance, you would want to get an employment attorney involved. If you decide to hire an attorney a great resource is www.Martindale.com. This is a nationwide directory that is useful in finding highly qualified legal specialists in various fields of law. The lawyers in Martindale are not selected because they paid to be included, but rather because they have been rated by other attorneys as qualified experts in their field. Consider consulting with two or three different attorneys willing to take your case prior to selecting the one you feel most comfortable with.
In a situation like that, an attorney would take your case on contingency which means that you would owe nothing out of pocket.
That being said, since your employer likely is doing this to all of the employees, it may be in your best interest to get an attorney involved sooner to make the unpaid wage claim for you, and all of your fellow employees. This is because they can properly document your request to be paid wages (thus protecting you from being fired) as well as make the argument that it is in the best interest of the employer to pay you instead of owing significant fines to the state of New York.
If you decide to find an attorney off of Martindale, you would type in "New York Employment law" into the search window, and then click on the link on the left that says Buffalo. That being said, any attorney in the state of New York will be able to help you.
Additionally, by bringing a class action against the employer, they would be forced to fire everyone, as well as be subject to retaliation suits from everyone, which would ultimately put them out of business.
Wow, I didn't no it was that serious.
Not paying employees their prevailing wage can be very serious.
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Is there a way around it, I mean as an employer. The employer is not from the state of new York. We are here just to work for a short time.
The employer could dissolve the company and if they have set up the company in a way to limit their personal liability, reopen the company under a different name. Ultimately, however, they would have to declare bankruptcy, and the employees would be entitled to the assets of the company as payment.
Not being from the state of New York does not help them in any way.
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