Individuals often work hard for their wages in order to be able to provide for themselves and their families. Therefore, when an employer fails to pay Florida workers the proper compensation, the lives of those workers could be negatively impacted. In order to fight such theft, employees may wish to file wage claims in order to receive the pay that they are entitled to for their hours worked.
Unfortunately, many employees who work at low-paying jobs are often the victims of having their wages stolen. These workers are likely already facing difficulties in making ends meet on their low income and not receiving their pay only creates further hardships. Some workers may not be paid for overtime hours worked or not given all of their tips that they earn while on the job.
Though such theft may be more dominant in low-paying industries, the injustice can take place at any income level. Professional athletes as well as employees at well-known technology companies have had issues with not being properly compensated for the hours they put toward their occupation. The amount of wages that is withheld every year could potentially add up to a staggering amount, but at this time a specific number has yet to be calculated.
Individuals who earn their wages fairly should not be subjected to potentially losing those wages. Some parties may be uncertain as to how to receive the compensation that they are possibly owed. Luckily, there are various options available for individuals who file wage claims. In some cases, legal action may be a necessary route in ensuring that Florida workers receive their earned pay.
Source: fool.com, "Wage Theft Cheats American Workers Out of Millions Every Year", Amanda Alix, June 22, 2014