Wage and Hour Attorneys

At Levy Ratner, we represent employees. We are unapologetic when it comes to protecting your rights as a worker. We represent employees in many different industries, from blue collar, to fast food and retail, labor, health care, academic and professional workers all over New York and New Jersey.

If you are dealing with a situation where you feel your rights are being violated, call us at 212-627-8100 to find out how we can help.

What are Some Common Types of Wage and Hour Violations?

If your employer is not paying you what is required by law, we can help.

We assist workers whose employers are:

  • Not paying workers their earned/worked overtime: Any time worked over 40 hours in one week is to be paid at time and a half. Employers cannot average out more than one week.
  • Not paying workers their state-guaranteed minimum wage, which is between $13.20 and $15 depending on where in New York the employer is located. Tipped workers need to be paid an hourly base of $10 an hour.
  • Taking workers’ tip money, either for the house or to redistribute
  • Misclassifying independent contractors in an effort to pay less

If your employer is demanding that you show up to work 15 minutes before your shift but does not allow you to punch in, they are in breach of federal and New York wage and hour laws. If your employer is not giving you the breaks required by law, requiring you to perform tasks while on break, they may be in violation of state law.

If your employer tells you to punch out and then finish tasks such as taking out garbage, sweeping floors or doing other tasks, this is an “off the clock” violation. If certain people are made to do less popular tasks, are not bring promoted or are otherwise discriminated against, we can help. Under federal law, you must bring your case forward within two years of the violation in most instances; under New York law you may have more time. A wage and hour lawyer can help.

New York City ‘Open and Close’ Violations

Also called “clopening” a fast-food, coffee shop or retail establishment cannot require a worker to work both the close and the open shifts without the employee’s consent. Typically, New York City workers need to have at least 11 hours of off time between shifts. This is to ensure that a worker has ample time to commute and to sleep. Workers who agree to both close and open the store should be paid extra.

Work With a Long-Standing Wage and Hour Firm

We are committed to helping employees get the compensation they deserve and are guaranteed under state and federal laws. Founded in 1971, the firm is well established; our team has over 50 years of success helping workers across New York and New Jersey with wage and hour claims. Call to schedule a time to meet and discuss your situation: 212-627-8100.

You can also reach us via our website contact form. Our mission is to advance the rights of everyone who works.