What is the Minimum Wage in Ohio
Does Higher Minimum Wage in Ohio Benefit Employees?
Want to start an argument? Suggest raising the minimum wage in Ohio. Everyone will have an opinion.
Some will declare the minimum wage rate is too low, and others will argue that it is too high. A few will propose eliminating the minimum altogether. Very quickly, the debate may shift to speculation as to how requiring employers to pay workers more will affect the availability of jobs at the lower end of the pay scale.
As attorneys dedicated to helping employees enforce their rights, we focus instead on holding companies and agencies accountable when they fail to pay minimum wage in Ohio. Employees must be paid at least minimum wage for every hour worked.
What Is the Minimum Wage in Ohio?
During 2019, Ohio set the minimum wage at $8.55/hour for most workers. The state also allows employers to pay employees who receive tips $4.30/hour, as long as their “tip credit” ends up being equal to minimum wage based on the number of hours worked in that week. Any additional amount to equal minimum wage, after the hourly rate and tip credit have been combined, must be paid by the employer.
Practically everyone who earns the minimum wage or tipped wage in Ohio is eligible to earn overtime by working more than 40 hours during a workweek. The standard overtime rate is 1.5 times the regular wage, and withholding overtime pay from employees who earn it is as illegal as refusing to pay the minimum wage.
What Can an Employee Do if Their Company Does Not Pay Minimum Wage?
Employers have many ways to cheat workers out of the minimum wage and overtime. Following are just a few examples:
- Employees who received tips were told they are only eligible to receive the tipped wage.
- Restaurants required tipped employees to pool or turn over tips, and managers returned only the amount necessary to pay employees minimum wage.
- Supervisors told tipped employees they were not eligible to earn overtime pay.
- Managers classified employees as independent contractors so those employees would not be covered by minimum wage or overtime laws.
- Managers gave hourly workers inflated job titles to deprive them of overtime pay.
- Managers falsified timesheets so it looked like employees worked fewer hours than they actually did.
- Employees were required to work unpaid overtime if they wanted to keep their jobs.
At The Friedmann Firm, we partner with workers in Columbus and Cleveland to enforce minimum wage and overtime laws. We offer free consultations to all workers who have concerns about unfair pay practices, employment discrimination and harassment in the workplace. To schedule an appointment, call us at 614.610.9755 or connect with us online.
Rachel was absolutely amazing. As an attorney she really took the time to really listen to my concerns. She was honest and kept me informed every step of the way. The outcome was favorable on my behalf and I appreciate her efforts to achieve a good outcome. I would highly recommend her and the Friedmann firm to represent me if ever needed in future.
Working with Rachel Sabo from Friedmann Firm was absolutely amazing! She upholds integrity, honesty and without a doubt fights for what is right! Rachel was extremely transparent and real! Please don’t let wrong be right, Rachel will strive to advocate and put her whole heart in obtaining resolve in your situation! What an absolute blessing, she won my case in less than 1 week💪
My experience with the Friedmann Firm is an absolute 5 stars. From my very first call with Karen, to all of my communication with Rachel, everything exceeded all of my expectations. Rachel and Karen were so caring and understanding in a very sensitive situation. They responded immediately to any questions or concerns I had. I would HIGHLY recommend the Friedmann Firm. They are caring, professional, understanding, and I would trust them with any issue I have in the future.
Rachel and the Friedmann Firm were fantastic to work with. The thought of needing an employment lawyer was scary for me, it was confusing and complex. But Rachel listened, asked questions and took time to really understand me and my priorities. I felt calm, supported and excited for the first time in weeks after talking to her!! We worked together to review everything, set expectations and meet my priorities! Thanks Rachel and team for all your work!!!
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.
Rachel and her staff went over and above the call of duty to help me achieve fiscal resolution to my legal issue. She wasn’t always available to talk but was always responsive via text and email when in court out of the office and even on vacation. I feel she earned her percentage cut.
Couldn’t be happier with the representation I received from Jamie Bailey on my civil litigation case. She worked tirelessly to resolve the case and in the end negotiated a fair settlement on my behalf. I would highly recommend her to anyone! Thanks for everything Friedman law firm.
Friedman Firm was a great help in a difficult time in my life. They went above and beyond to get me back on track. Rachel was so good to work with and is extremely knowledgeable about the law and employment rights. Can't thank them enough for all there hard work. Highly recommend them to anyone.
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!
Rachel and the Friedmann Firm have been amazing to work with. Rachel was very helpful, listened to our concerns and took our case. She communicated well throughout and really worked for us. We were very well represented!
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!