An employer is legally responsible for paying you wages. Some companies may get around the federal and state laws that set out the guidelines businesses must follow to pay their employees. If you suspect your employer is trying to cheat you out of your wages, you may want to familiarize yourself with some of the ways they try and do it.
College students often look for internships as a way to gain experience in their chosen field. This may give them a leg up on the competition after graduation. However, beware of unpaid internships as some companies disguise paid work as work experience opportunity. Some of these positions will have you performing job duties you should receive payment for, such as clerical work. If the internship does not fall in line with the laws that dictate them, you may have a case for lost wages.
When a business hires full-time workers, they have to abide by specific laws regarding health insurance, minimum wage and leave. However, if a company employs part-time or contract workers, they have more latitude when it comes to these laws. If you find yourself working as a full-time, in-house employee, but receive pay as a contractor, you may have a case for improper classification.
Clocking in and out
Overtime laws are something to which companies do not always like to adhere. Employees who work more than 40 hours a week should receive overtime payments, typically time and a half. Some companies get around this by telling employees not to clock in if they arrive early or to clock out at regular quitting time, even if they are still working.
Employers who are looking to conserve money may try and do so at the expense of your paycheck. Stay sharp about some of the methods they may implore to withhold pay.