When the holidays are in full force, it is not uncommon for businesses
to get swamped with customers. No matter what product or service you offer,
you can probably expect an influx of customer traffic. In response, business
owners and employers often demand more of their employees and give them
additional hours to get tasks completed. In many ways, this can be a boon
as more hours directly translates to bigger paychecks. Most companies
also have holiday pay agreements that increase the number of dollars earned per hour.
Trouble quickly arises, however, if extra hours
don’t cause extra pay. In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, employers can
lose track of holiday wages and overtime, and forget to add it to people’s
paychecks. This is not an excuse for the behavior but only a reason why
it may occur.
In other situations, business owners may intentionally refuse to reward
employees with holiday pay. Employment contracts may be changed last minute
to eliminate holiday pay, or the amount of pay might not be the correct
amount. Typically, wages should be 1.5x multiplied but a dishonest employer
might do something different, such as 1.25x or less.
What Can Be Done If Holiday Pay Is Denied?
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not change during the holidays, but at the same time, it does not
demand that a company give its employees holiday pay. The truth is that
it is very common and is probably in your employment contract. If you
have not received any holiday pay but you believe that you should, you
will want to team up with a New York employment discrimination attorney
from Schwartz Perry & Heller LLP. With our assistance, we can review your
employment contract, your paychecks, and the history of your employer
to see if any foul play has occurred. If necessary, we can create an FLSA
wage claim violation lawsuit, as it is likely that more employees other
than yourself have been affected by the apparent wrongdoing.
Dial (888) 905-4091 today to schedule your own
free consultation with our lawyers.