In the state of Massachusetts and across the country, it is required by law that employers pay employees for the work they provide. Due to today’s economic climate, businesses are constantly looking for ways to cut costs. Unfortunately, these cost-cutting measures sometimes directly affect the salaries of employees. Neglecting to pay workers is a direct violation of wage and hour laws. A recent lawsuit filed in another state is an example of how workers can legally fight back when their rights are violated.
The lawsuit, filed by two former employees of a contractor, claims that the employer committed a breach of contract and failed to properly pay the workers. The lawsuit details one incident when a plaintiff worked over 70 hours in a week but only received $250 for that week of work. He received similarly low pay in the weeks following, even though his established annual salary was over $250,000.
The plaintiffs claim that, after hearing that the company was facing financial troubles, they even agreed to continue working for the company despite receiving substantially less pay than their contracts had promised. The plaintiffs became frustrated after hearing that the company had received millions of dollars of capital from investors over the last few years, the lawsuit says. The lawsuit also asserts that timber harvested by the company was impounded because the company had not paid wages owed to some employees. The plaintiffs claim they are owed more than $4.3 million in unpaid wages and damages.
Employees in Massachusetts and other states are protected by wage and hour laws. Those who feel they have been underpaid or subjected to unfair acts by employers have the right to take legal action. A successfully litigated lawsuit could result in compensation to help ease the financial burden that comes with loss of wages.
Source: azdailysun.com, “4FRI contractor hit with another lawsuit“, Emery Cowan, May 25, 2017