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Unpaid wages could negatively affect Florida workers

When Florida residents work for an hourly wage, it is common that those workers are required to keep time cards that indicate when they come into work and when they leave. These time cards help keep track of the total number of hours worked, and therefore, those cards indicate how much a worker should be paid. If those cards are altered or kept improperly, there could be an issue regarding unpaid wages.

An individual who worked in a neighboring state recently pursued a lawsuit due to altered time cards. It was reported that the man had been a part-time police officer when his time card was changed by one of his superiors. The change apparently took 14 hours' worth of time on the job away from the man, which lead to his not being paid for those hours.

The man filed a complaint regarding the situation, and he was later fired from his position, which he believed was a retaliatory effort due to his complaint. As a result of the situation, a lawsuit was filed. It was recently reported that the former officer was awarded over $21,000 in damages as well as over $55,000 for attorney's fees as an outcome of the case.

Unpaid wages is a serious violation that can lead to considerable hardships for individuals who have worked hard for their income. If a Florida worker believes that he or she has not been properly compensated, it may be prudent to consider bringing attention to the matter. If the situation is not resolved on a company level, employees may wish to consider additional legal action.

Source:, "Ex-officer's suit now costing more than $76,000", Clay Neely, Feb. 14, 2015

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