Odessa, TX – While all workers lose some money due to things such as taxes and social security, it is also possible that the employer is making improper or illegal deductions. Any workers who have suspicions about improper deductions should review their pay statements for possible errors or unethical practices by their employer. If the company does not correct these issues, it may be necessary for the person to get legal help or report the issue to a local labor board.
A review of items that are supposed to be included on all pay statements can help clear up these issues before further action is needed.
The pay rate
The check should display the workers hourly pay rate multiplied by their total number of hours for their gross pay for the period.
All workers need to be paid at least at the state’s minimum wage, and work in excess of forty hours should be paid at an overtime rate. It is illegal for any workplace to violate minimum wage and overtime laws, and they may need to give the worker back pay plus interest if they are investigated or sued for wage law violations. In some cases, salaried workers may simply have a total amount that is due to the worker for the week or pay period in question.
All paychecks will lose a certain amount to federal taxes and state taxes if applicable. Companies will allow workers to fill out a W2 or similar documentation if they want a certain amount withheld due to their tax filing status, which can change based on the person’s marital status, whether they have any children or dependents, and other factors. Social security deductions are also necessary on all checks.
The net pay rate
This is the worker’s final take home pay rate after all of the deductions are subtracted out. It is common for workers to lose twenty percent or more of what they earn to taxes and deductions. Some workers may lose even more if they are subject to court orders for things such as child support or wage garnishment.
Action for unpaid wages or illegal deductions
All American workers are entitled to see records related to the total amount of hours they worked, their pay and deductions, and ask for mistakes to be corrected. If the employer does not seem to be cooperative or is acting evasively, the state workforce commission can get involved or the person can get their own attorney and file a case for wage theft against their employer.
Moore and Associates handles labor and employment law cases in Odessa, Texas. The firm’s attorneys focus on unpaid wages and wage theft, discriminations, harassment, and various other problems in the workplace.
Firm contact info:
440 Louisiana Street, Suite 675, Houston, TX 77002