Individuals at any level of work could face issues with their pay. In some cases, Oregon workers may feel as if their paychecks are a bit off or may find themselves not getting paid at all. When such serious wage issues arise, it is wise for workers to explore their options for effectively handling this type of problem.
First, it is important to understand when wage theft has occurred. If a person works over 40 hours a week and qualifies for overtime pay but does not receive that extra pay, he or she may have been the victim of wage theft. Other examples include not paying minimum wage, not paying workers for all of the hours worked or not paying workers at all.
Typically, when wage theft occurs, it is in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. This law sets a federal minimum wage and allows each state the opportunity to set its own minimum wage as long as it is higher than the federal standard. If an employer violates the law regarding minimum wage and compensation in general, claims for wage theft may be warranted.
It can certainly be difficult to address wage issues, and some workers may feel apprehensive about confronting their employers. In some cases, parties may first wish to discuss their circumstances with legal support to determine whether taking any action is needed. Oregon workers could then take the first steps of filing internal claims with their employers and taking further legal action if the problems are not appropriately addressed by management or other applicable parties.