Wage and Hour Attorney in Columbus, Ohio
The Columbus-based wage and hour lawyers at The Friedmann Firm are dedicated to ensuring all workers in Ohio get paid at least the minimum wage. We also do our best to force employers to pay overtime to eligible employees, and we stand up for victims of wage theft.
Enforcing the Minimum Wage
Throughout 2020, the standard minimum wage for most people who work in Ohio will be $8.70/hour. That is a slight increase from the previous minimum wage of $8.55/hour.
State law also sets a lower minimum wage for people who regularly receive tips, such as servers and bartenders. The tipped wage will increase to $4.35/hour during 2020, increasing from $4.30/hour. Importantly, employers must make up the difference between the tipped wage and the standard minimum wage when tips do not bring an employee’s average earnings to $8.70/hour.
As Columbus wage and hour attorneys, we often see employers who fail to pay the minimum wage to groups of employees. When we are notified from one worker about a problem with their minimum wage or overtime pay, we explore the possibility of filing a collective action lawsuit to secure back pay for as many people as possible.
Securing Unpaid Overtime
Most employees who get paid by the hour are eligible to earn overtime pay after they work 40 hours during a 7-day workweek. Complicated exemptions related to job titles and job duties apply to the overtime eligibility rules, however. Workers who suspect they should be earning overtime can consult with a knowledgeable Columbus wage and hour lawyer to learn if their employer is, in fact, cheating them out of overtime pay that they deserve.
By law, the overtime rate is at least one-and-a-half times an eligible employee’s regular hourly rate. Tipped employees are eligible to earn overtime, and employers must comply with strict rules regarding how to count tips when calculating overtime pay. Partnering with an experienced Columbus wage and hour attorney can make it easier to discover the illegal practices an employer has used to deny overtime to a tipped employee.
Holding Employers Accountable for Wage Theft
Employers commit wage theft in many ways. All are illegal.
Just a few of the things that employers do to cheat workers out of earning the minimum wage and overtime pay are:
- Failing to record and report all the hours people work,
- Misclassifying workers as contractors instead of employees,
- Taking away tips,
- Requiring work off the clock,
- Deducting pay without proper consent,
- Telling tipped employees that they are not eligible to earn overtime, and
- Misclassifying employees as exempt from overtime when they are actually non-exempt employees, eligible to receive overtime pay.
An employee who is denied fair pay and earned overtime has the undeniable right to partner with a Columbus wage theft attorney and demand back pay and other monetary damages. Laws also protect employees from retaliation for filing complaints over unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, or wage theft.
Contact our Top-Rated Wage and Hour Attorney in Columbus, Ohio
At The Friedmann Firm, our Columbus wage and hour attorneys stand ready to advise and represent employees in and near Columbus. We offer free, confidential consultations on all types of employment law cases, and you can schedule an appointment online. To speak with a lawyer directly, call 614.610.9755.
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Rachel Friedmann of the Friedman Firm was my attorney for a very recent legal matter. I would highly recommend Rachel based on her legal knowledge, her honest appraisal of the matter and expected outcomes, her open communication and timely responses to my questions and the matter itself, and her steadfastness in dealing with the opposing counsel until a final agreement was reached.
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The Friedmann Firm (specifically Pete Friedmann) represented me through what seemed like a never ending employment discrimination suit. The suit was filed just before Covid shut everything down in 2020. Add to that a former employer who refused to admit fault. In spite of all of that, Pete stood resolute in his representation of me and working for the best outcome for me. We ended up settling prior to trial and I was more than satisfied with the results. Pete was always available to answer questions and reassure me throughout this process. I highly recommend The Friedmann Firm!
Pete Friedmann and his firm are fantastic. He represented me for more than a year going through a suit with a previous employer. He walked me through every step of the process and was always quick to respond to any questions I had. My settlement came in and we parted ways with both sides being pleased with the outcome. I highly recommend the Friedmann firm and wouldn’t hesitate to use them again in the future if the need arose. Thank you, Pete!
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I loved working with The Friedmann Firm. Rachel and Jamie are exceptional lawyers and were diligent in reviewing my case and letting me know of my options. Jamie was extremely thorough and handled even the smallest details of my case with ease. The entire process was seamless and they were always quick to respond to emails and calls. I would definitely recommend working with The Friedmann Firm.
I would recommend Rachel Sabo Friedmann and the Friedmann firm for severance negotiations. Rachel was always available and responsive and made an effort to ensure I was updated on every step of the process. Her diligent efforts produced a prompt resolution and we are very happy with the results!