Philadelphia Wage Collection Lawyer
Have you quit your job, been fired, or had a wage dispute and been denied payment by your employer? If so, it is likely that you have a meritorious wage collections action. An employer may not make the decision to simply deny you your contracted or agreed upon wages. If your employer or former employer has not provided you with your agreed upon wages, then you should contact a Wage Collection Lawyer to secure you the money you are owed.
Pennsylvania Wage Collections
Pennsylvania wage collection matters are governed by the Wage Payment and Collection Law (WPCL). This act provides that employers must pay employees all regular wages on regularly scheduled paydays, with appropriate lapses between the end of a pay period and payday determined either by: (a) the time specified in a written contract between the employer and employee, (b) the standard in the trade, or (c) 15 days.
Some payments may be made at different intervals. Specifically, fringe benefits and wage supplements may be paid at a juncture outside the stipulations of this statute. Overtime, however, must be paid with regular payments, at the next pay period.
At the time of hiring, an employer must convey the following to an employee:
- (1) The time and place of payment,
- (2) rate of pay, and
- (3) amount of any fringe benefits or wage supplements to be paid to the employee, a third party, or a fund for the benefit of the employee.
If your employer did not pay you in accordance with the WPCL, they may be liable to you under the its provisions.
Can I Afford a Wage Collection Suit?
The WPCL provides statutory remedy to an employee or former employee when an employer or former employer breaks a contract or agreement and fails to pay wages. Statutory remedy means that the law dictates what kind of remedy is to be expected, as opposed to common law. This makes it easier to reasonably anticipate what kind of award you may be due, and should help you to make a well-informed decision prior to engaging in legal action. The statutory remedy provides the following in a wage collection action:
- The wages owed – thus reimbursing you for your lost wages, in full.
- Liquidated damages (in instances of bad faith) – amounting to 25% of the total wages due or $500, whichever is greater.
- Recovery of attorney’s fees – ensuring that you are not left with the burden of paying for an attorney out of the wages you were owed, and that you recover in full – and then some.
To sum it up: if you have a meritorious wage collection action, you can plan on getting all the money you’re owed, an additional punitive award, and recover your legal expenses! So the question you should be asking is not “Can I afford a wage collection suit?” but rather, “How can I not?”
Examples of Likely Meritorious Wage Collection Actions:
(1) If you were terminated, and owed wages prior to termination, but were denied due wages at the normally scheduled time. Termination does not affect past wages.
(2) If you quit, and were owed wages prior to quitting, but were denied due wages at the normally scheduled time. Quitting does not affect past wages.
(3) If there is a dispute between you and your employer as to the amount of wages owed, and the employer refuses to pay. An employer must provide the undisputed portion of wages without condition.
Change of employment circumstance and/or disagreement does not relieve the employer from his or her payment responsibilities.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
You cannot afford to not get a lawyer! This is your money, and you should do everything in your power to get the money owed to you. A knowledgeable wage collection attorney will help you to recover this money, and will end up costing you nothing, once your wrong-doing employer is forced to pay for your lawyer on top of the money you are owed. Hire an experienced wage collection attorney to protect your rights and your money.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.