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About Pay Discrimination in Missouri

Unfortunately it is still the case that many workers in Missouri continue to be underpaid. Missouri pay discrimination is very much still a real problem.

However, our Missouri pay discrimination lawyers at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. believe that pay discrimination should not continue. That is why we are helping victims of pay discrimination claim back salary that is rightfully theirs.

If you are being underpaid for whatever reason then you are completely within your rights to contact a Missouri pay discrimination lawyer. So exactly what constitutes pay discrimination in Missouri?

Here is a look at some of the ways Missouri employees continue to be underpaid:

Earning less that the minimum wage is considered pay discrimination

If you are being paid less than the minimum wage, then that is considered pay discrimination in Missouri. Contact a Missouri pay discrimination lawyer to find out what you are eligible to earn. As of September 22, 2010, the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announced that the state minimum wage for 2011 was $7.25 an hour. There is no excuse for being paid less than the minimum wage.

Some employees might be desperate for a job and so accept what their employer decides to pay them. There might be employees who are unaware of what the minimum wage is. If you match one of these descriptions then you should contact a Missouri pay discrimination lawyer. There is no excuse for being paid less than the minimum wage if you are entitled to it.

If you are unsure if what you are earning is less than the minimum wage, then you can contact a Missouri pay discrimination attorney at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. There are exceptions to the minimum wage rule in Missouri so it is important to talk to a pay discrimination attorney first. You have every right to earn a fare wage and be paid what you rightfully deserve. So talk to one of our Missouri pay discrimination lawyers today to see if you can claim back the pay you are owed and start earning a fair salary.

Not being paid overtime is considered pay discrimination in Missouri

All employers in Missouri must pay at least one and a half times the employee’s regular rate of pay according to Missouri employment laws once overtime pay is in effect. Overtime pay comes into effect when an employee works over 40 hours in a working week, not when they work more than 8 hours in a day. If you have worked more than 40 hours in a week and have not been paid overtime then this is clearly pay discrimination in Missouri and you should consider contacting a Missouri pay discrimination lawyer.

Also, under Missouri state and U.S. federal laws, employees are not allowed to voluntarily waive their rights to overtime pay. If this has happened to you then you must contact a Missouri pay discrimination lawyer at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. Even if you have rejected your right to overtime there may be a way to claim it back so talk to one of our Missouri pay discrimination attorneys. Missouri employment laws rule that any employer who asks an employee to waive their right to overtime is in direct violation of the law. So call us at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. today if this has happened to you.

There are some employees, however, who are exempt from the overtime rules. Any employee engaged in sales activities, including executive, administrative, professional, agricultural, or motor carrier, is exempt from the overtime requirements. Contact one of our Missouri pay discrimination lawyers if you are unsure if you fit into this category.

If meal or rest periods are in your contract then they must be given

Missouri does not have any specific law covering an employer’s obligation to provide meal or rest breaks. Therefore, the federal rule on meal periods applies. While employers are not required to provide employees with a meal or rest break, if the employer does choose to provide meal breaks then they must be given.

Breaks that last less than 20 minutes must be paid. Meal periods of 30 minutes or more do not need to be paid but the employee must be free to do as they wish during that period. If such breaks are included in an employee’s contract then they must be given. If they are not given then this will be considered pay discrimination in Missouri under the federal law.

The entertainment industry does, however, require breaks for youth workers. A youth must not work more than five and a half hours without a meal break. A 15-minute paid rest period is also required after each two hours of continuous work. As Missouri does not have its own law on meal breaks it can be a complicated issue so make sure you contact a Missouri pay discrimination lawyer for any doubts or questions on the issue.

Vacation pay and sick leave must be paid if it is in an employee’s contract

In Missouri, employers are not legally required to provide their employees with vacation benefits or sick leave, whether it is paid or unpaid. However, if an employer does choose to provide employees with vacation leave then they must stick to the terms established in the employee’s employment contract. If an employer does not comply with the terms set out in the contract then this may be reason to contact a Missouri pay discrimination lawyer.

The rules around vacation leave are quite complicated so be sure to contact a Missouri pay discrimination attorney at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. if you feel you have not been paid or given the vacation time you are entitled to according to your employment contract.

For example, in Missouri, employers may establish a policy denying employees any payment for accrued vacation leave after they leave the job. They may also disqualify employees from such payment if they fail to comply with certain requirements, such as failing to give two weeks notice. However, if an employee’s contract specifically requires the employer to pay accrued vacation when they leave the job then they must pay it.

The laws in Missouri on vacation pay are very complicated and depend greatly on what is stated in your employment contract. So allow a Missouri pay discrimination lawyer from Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. to go over your contract and particular situation and see if you have a case.

Refusing to pay travel time required by the job is considered pay discrimination in Missouri

Time spent travelling to and from home to work is generally not considered work time under Missouri state law. However, any time spent traveling during work hours from the workplace to another site required by the job is considered work time. This travel time must be paid for and refusing to do so is considered pay discrimination under Missouri’s employment laws.

If you have not been paid travel time that was required by your employer then you have the right to seek the help of a Missouri pay discrimination attorney. We will be able to go over your case in detail and see if you have the right to claim back the money you are owed.

If you have concerns about pay discrimination in Missouri, contact a pay discrimination lawyer at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C.

As you can see above, the laws on wages and what is required in Missouri by employers are very complex. That is why it is always best to talk to a Missouri pay discrimination lawyer who has a high degree of knowledge of employment law in Missouri.

The Missouri pay discrimination attorneys at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. are very experienced at filing employment law claims in Missouri and have a high degree of knowledge of employment law both locally and federally.

Whatever employment law claim you might have in Missouri, feel free to contact one of the Missouri pay discrimination lawyers at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. for a free consultation to see if you have a strong case.

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