Sometimes employers try to avoid paying their employees for all hours worked by fudging time cards. They think that, because of the lack of a paper trail, they can get away with these illegal practices. This may work for a time, but the truth usually finds its way out.
White Glove Car Wash in Fresno, California has recently found this out the hard way. The Labor Commissioner’s Office and the Department of Industrial Relations conducted an investigation into allegations of misconduct and violations of California labor law. The investigation revealed that employees were allegedly often prevented from clocking in as soon as they got to work. Rather, they would allegedly report for work and begin working but were not allowed to clock in until directed to do so by a supervisor. This led to workers allegedly regularly working several hours a week for which they were never paid. In some cases, employees allegedly worked full eight-hour days but were only paid for four hours.
As pointed out by Christine Baker, director of the Department of Industrial Relations, the employees are not the only victims here: “These illegal actions hurt not only the employees, but also honest business and taxpayers.” By allegedly refusing to pay employees for all of the hours that they work, White Glove Car Wash can allegedly afford to charge customers less for the same services honest competitors offer because their overhead has been illegally lowered. This is an alleged unfair business practice and hurts many more people than just the employees.
The lawyers at the Chicago Overtime Law Center are investigating unpaid overtime claims against service companies, such as car washes, gas stations, hair salons, spas, and restaurants for forcing employees to work off the clock at business, failing to share all tips, erasing or altering time sheets or time records, pressuring workers not to report or record overtime, and otherwise failing to pay workers for overtime and other wages. If you are the victim this practice call us at (312) 869-4095 or contact us online.
The Chicago Overtime Law Center law firm has three decades of experience fighting to help employees and workers who are victims of wage, overtime and tip theft by their employers. We have a team of Chicago unpaid overtime lawyers and attorneys who concentrate on prosecuting state and nationwide class action lawsuits. Our lawyers work out of Chicago and Oak Brook offices and pursue claims for workers all over the Chicago area including Addison and Bloomingdale. We protect unpaid workers who haven’t received overtime throughout the Chicago area including in DuPage, Lake, McHenry, Kane and Cook Counties.
Our Aurora and Warrenville overtime lawyers are intimately familiar with the issues that arise during wage claim litigation, and we know the laws that govern overtime cases well. Many employers misclassify employees as being exempt from overtime laws and pay workers salaries instead of hourly wages in order to avoid paying them overtime. Some employers mistakenly classify employees as exempt and others intentionally do so in order to circumvent the law. In either case, workers do not receive the wages they should, and a lawsuit may be the only way to recover their earned wages.
The Chicago Overtime Law Center is based in Chicago, and represents clients throughout the country who have not been paid for the overtime hours that they worked. If you believe that you are owed overtime wages, contact one of our Chicago class action attorneys by phone at (312) 869-4095 or through our online form.