Wage & Hour Issues

Rockford Wage & Hour Lawyer

Protecting Workers' Rights in Illinois and Nationwide

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938, workers in the United States, including those in Illinois, have the right to receive a minimum living wage. The act also offers protections to workers in regards to the number of hours worked per day and per week. Additionally, nonexempt employees are entitled to receive overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week, and Illinois labor laws entitle all workers to breaks throughout the workday.

Unfortunately, employers do not always abide by FLSA regulations. If you believe your wage or hour rights have been violated, you can take legal action to recover lost pay and hold your employer accountable. At USA Employment Lawyers, we can help you navigate the complex legal process of filing a wage claim and evaluate whether bringing a class action lawsuit makes sense for your situation. Our wage & hour law firm can help you understand your rights and will work to protect them.

Call USA Employment Lawyers - Jordan Richards, PLLC
today at  (800) 483-0998 or fill out and submit a contact form to request a free, no-obligation case evaluation with our wage & hour attorney.

Illinois Wage & Hour Law Explained

As an employee in the state of Illinois, it is important that you understand your workers' rights. The FLSA grants all employees the right to receive the highest applicable minimum wage, whether that be the standard set forth by the federal government, the state, or local labor laws.

Under Illinois wage and hour laws, all workers are entitled to receive the state minimum wage of $13.00 an hour, as this is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Nonexempt employees are also entitled to receive one and a half times their regular pay (“time and a half”) when they work more than 40 hours in a week.

Wage and hour laws vary somewhat from state to state; our attorneys can help you understand your rights and whether they have been violated.

Comprehensive Wage & Hour Case Representation

Our firm in Rockford, IL, handles all types of wage & hour cases, including those involving:

No matter how complex your case may be, we are prepared to help. Our team conducts thorough research and investigation in order to better prepare your wage and hour case for the possibility of going to trial.

Identifying Wage & Hour Violations in Illinois

Wage and hour violations in Illinois encompass a range of issues, including not paying minimum wage, overtime violations, not compensating for all hours worked, and more.

Illinois has its own minimum wage laws that employers must abide by. As per the Illinois Statutes, an employer found liable for intentionally violating minimum wage requirements is subject to a fine of $1,000 per violation, payable to the state. The Illinois Labor Standards Act also imposes penalties for violations. For instance, overtime violations can result in a civil monetary penalty of up to $1,000 for each violation.

Examples of Labor Law Noncompliance

Common labor law violations in Illinois include: 

  • Not paying for compensable time
  • Not paying earned bonuses or commissions
  • Not paying at least minimum wage
  • Retaliation against employees for reporting violations

If you believe you've been a victim of wage and hour violations, you can report these violations and potentially recover the wages that you are owed. Under Illinois law, you have four years to file a lawsuit alleging that your employer failed to pay you the minimum wage.

Get Help from Our Rockford Wage & Hour Attorneys

Our firm works to protect your employee wage and hour rights, whether you are located in Illinois, Florida, New York, New Mexico, or Colorado. If your employer failed to grant you overtime pay or did not pay you the minimum wage, we can help. Our Rockford, IL wage & hour lawyers have extensive experience handling these types of cases. We are prepared to aggressively advocate for you and your rights.

Contact USA Employment Lawyers - Jordan Richards, PLLC today to get started with our Rockford, IL wage & hour lawyer.

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