In our last post, we talked about Harvey Weinstein and the despicable sexual harassment he levied onto women in the film industry. In the post before that, we talked about wrongful termination and how the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Whole Foods for a seemingly-illegal firing. And the post before that, we discussed a discriminatory pay policy at Google that has led to a class action lawsuit by numerous women.
The point of these posts is to highlight some important news from the area of employment law. But they also serve as a reminder that there are many different ways that an employer can overstep their bounds and take illegal action against their employees.
Another way that your employer can violate your rights is through the hours you worked and the wages you earn. Wage and hour disputes are common issues for employees, and the violation is a particularly insidious form of undercutting employees. Not every employee checks their pay stubs, and most employees trust their employer to properly track and record their hours -- and then pay they accurately for their time.
When that doesn't happen, the company at fault must be held accountable for their improper payment methods or flagrant miscalculation of work hours. People depend on their paychecks to get by and live their lives. When a company cuts corners, or purposely undercuts their employees to save a few bucks here and there, then they must be held responsible for their negligent and deliberate attempt to bilk their employees out of their hard-earned money.