Misclassification of Exempt Employees Ohio
When it comes to employee classification, individuals generally fall into two main categories: exempt or non-exempt. Employers have a legal obligation to correctly classify employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state laws. Proper classification is crucial for employees because it determines their eligibility for specific protections provided by the FLSA.
Understanding these classifications can be challenging, as each employee’s position must meet specific criteria to determine whether they are exempt or non-exempt. When an employer misclassifies an employee, complications can arise, leading to the employee missing out on the protections they should receive.
When misclassification occurs, The Friedmann Firm, LLC, a team of experienced employment lawyers, is here to help. Since our establishment in 2012, we have been working with employees in Columbus, Ohio, and the surrounding areas to protect their rights.
With a primary focus on employment and labor law, the team at The Friedmann Firm will hold your employer accountable. If you believe you have been misclassified, contact our firm today. We are prepared to thoroughly examine the misclassification of exempt employees in Ohio.
What Does an Exempt Employee Mean in Ohio?
Being an exempt employee in Ohio is straightforward. An exempt employee is not eligible for certain protections afforded to non-exempt employees. The protections that exempt employees are not eligible for include:
- Minimum wage
- Overtime pay regulations
- Hours worked
Exempt employees are typically salaried employees who meet the qualifying tests for the executive exemption, administrative exemption, professional exemption, or other exemptions outlined by the FLSA.
If your role meets the tests for any of these exemptions, you are likely an exempt employee. However, if your role does not satisfy these tests, you may be non-exempt.
How Can I Determine if I’m Exempt from Overtime Pay in Ohio?
To determine if you are exempt from overtime pay in Ohio, review the FLSA requirements for exempt employees and apply the relevant tests to your role. For example, the executive exemption requires an employee to:
- Be paid a salary of at least $684 per week.
- Have primary duties that involve managing the enterprise or a recognized department within the enterprise.
These are two out of the four tests that an executive role must meet to be considered exempt under the FLSA. Evaluating these tests can help you and an employment lawyer determine if you meet the requirements for exempt employee classification.
At The Friedmann Firm, we have extensive experience assisting employees in determining whether their roles should be classified as exempt or non-exempt. Our team carefully reviews the details of your employment, including any employment contracts and information defining your role. We do this to ensure proper classification and to ensure you receive the legal protections and compensation you are rightfully owed by your employer.
How an Attorney Can Help with the Misclassification of Exempt Employees in Ohio
Determining whether you have been misclassified as exempt or non-exempt can be confusing at times, but it is an essential distinction to be aware of.
Misclassification of exempt employees in Ohio may sometimes result from an honest mistake, while other times it may be intentional on the part of the employer. Working with an employment lawyer from The Friedmann Firm allows us to help you determine if you have been misclassified. From there, we can explain your rights and guide you through the legal process of holding your employer accountable, whether they refuse to change your classification or have withheld the compensation you are owed.
Connect with a Misclassification of Exempt Employees Lawyer in Ohio
Misclassifications of exempt employees in Ohio can leave employees unsure of how to proceed, especially if they have already contacted their employer without any action taken. If you believe you have been misclassified, please reach out to The Friedmann Firm today.
Our team of lawyers has extensive experience handling cases across a wide range of employment and labor law issues, including wrongful termination, employment retaliation, and employment misclassification. We are fully committed to protecting your rights as an employee. Should we take your case, you will have aggressive legal representation by your side throughout the entire legal process.
You can schedule a free and fully confidential consultation over the phone at 614-610-9755 or through our contact form.
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