Does Your Boss Ask You to Arrive Early or Stay Late Without Pay?

You work hard to earn a living. Whether you’re a freelance contractor or a full-time employee, you deserve to receive the payment you’ve been promised. It seems simple: people should be paid for the work they do. Unfortunately, however, many employers actually steal wages from their workers through unfair or illegal practices. Often, victims of wage theft don’t even realize their money is being stolen.

Prohibiting you from recording the overtime hours you work is a type of wage theft. You have the right to be paid for every moment your supervisor asks you to work. Unfortunately, some bosses do not respect their employees’ time and labor, resulting in wage theft.

No matter how casual the request, it is unethical to demand that an employee work without pay. For example:

  • -Your boss asks you to arrive early to tidy up a communal workspace, such as a store front
  • -Your boss asks you to complete work after you have clocked out, and does not allow you to clock back in or record overtime
  • -Your boss asks you to complete trainings or research outside of your regular hours, without additional pay
  • -Your boss requires that you attend company workshops or events on the weekend, without pay

These are just some examples of instances in which an employee might be asked to work without pay. But it is unfair to take advantage of a hardworking employee, and as an hourly employee, you should not have to complete work for which you are not paid.

You should always be entitled to the products of your hard work. If your boss is failing to pay you for work you have been asked to do, you do not have to suffer in silence. An experienced attorney will listen to your story and may be able to help you recover the wages that were stolen from you, possibly including additional money for emotional damages suffered as a result of the theft.

Contact O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble Today

At O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, we believe in the importance of paying people fairly. Our experienced attorneys have won millions of dollars for our clients. We will listen to your story and help you get the wages you earned. We will help you explore the best possible options for your case, possibly including financial compensation.

Contact the attorneys of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble today to discuss wage theft, overtime violations and potential negotiations. It is important to contact an attorney early to ensure the best possible outcome. Contact us online or call at (908) 928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817.

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