Wage Claims & Oregon Law
Our attorneys handle Oregon wage claims. Many employees are not paid wages they have earned under the law. For instance, employees may be misclassified as salaried workers, and thereby unlawfully denied overtime pay. Any worker should understand how they are classified, and what it means. Unpaid wages may occur when an employer fails to pay overtime wages, fails to meet minimum wage requirements, intentionally miscategorizes employees in a way so that they are paid less than they should be, makes certain administrative errors, does not pay employees for all of their services, or does not properly reimburse employees for business expenses.
Wage theft is the illegal underpayment or non-payment of wages owed to workers. Wage theft often happens when employers refuse overtime pay, force employees to work off the clock, pay employees less than minimum wage, make illegal deductions from paychecks, misclassify employees, or fail to pay employees at all.
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) Wage and Hour Division is the Oregon State agency charged with investigating wage issues in the workplace. Employees are entitled to breaks and meal periods during their shift and must get paid at least Oregon’s hourly minimum wage. The minimum wage employees should earn depends on which county they work in.
The Equal Pay Act also ensures that Oregon employers cannot ask for a worker’s salary/pay history before they make an offer of employment and they cannot determine compensation for a position based on the current or past compensation of a potential new employee.
Oregon law gives all workers sick time. Employees are entitled to at least 1 hour of protected sick time for every 30 hours they work up to 40 hours per year.
Wage Claim Attorney Portland, OR
There are several different methods for an employee to recover unpaid wages; each method has different remedies. It is important that you consult an attorney with expertise in this area to help you. Our wage claim attorneys at Meyer Stephenson have extensive experience representing employees in wage claims in the state of Oregon. If you believe any of these situations apply to you please contact our office to inquire about a free consultation.