It’s unfortunate, but construction workers are often incorrectly compensated in accordance with state and federal labor laws. Regardless of whether you work in public or private construction, however, the law protects you from unfair wage and labor practices.
If you are a construction worker that has not been compensated correctly, you may need an attorney from Haeggquist & Eck, LLP to help you recover the wages you are owed for your work.
Your employer is required to compensate you for all construction hours worked, including those before and after your scheduled shift. Federal and state law require that you be paid overtime for any hours worked that exceed 40 in one week. Some construction employers may try to cheat you out of pay by making you work without pay through breaks and meals, or not compensating you for downtime or rain delay hours.
You also must be paid for your time spent traveling to and from the construction site and you should be reimbursed for expenses like the cost of supplying your own tools for the job. If you are not being fairly compensated at work, reach out to a construction worker attorney in San Diego immediately for help.
Another way employers under-compensate their construction workers is by misclassifying them as independent contractors instead of employees.
Employees are given greater wage and labor protections under the law than independent contractors, so many employers prefer their construction workers to be classified as an independent contractor. An employer may refer to you as an independent contractor, have you sign documents, or complete tax forms indicating you are an independent contractor.
If you have to report certain hours and behave in a prescribed manner, or if you have little control over the process in which you get work completed, then you might be considered an employee in the eyes of the law. If any of this is the case for you, reach out to Haeggquist & Eck, LLP and our construction workers attorneys in San Diego for help. You could be entitled to increased compensation and benefits from being misclassified as an independent contractor.
If you believe you are not being paid properly, you should consider contacting a San Diego lawyer for construction worker employment laws like ours at Haeggquist & Eck, LLP. Your attorney can help you recover back pay, reimbursement for expenses and travel, and other forms of compensation. Additionally, your employer is barred by law from retaliating against you for exercising your legal rights.
Meeting with an attorney may help to determine if you are entitled to compensation for your employer’s failure to comply with state and federal labor laws. At Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, our construction worker attorneys in San Diego have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients and provide all of our services on contingency – you don’t pay unless we win your case.