Be Careful What You Wish For – A Lesson in Employment Arbitration

Companies often file motions to have employment or unpaid wage disputes heard in arbitration. As a recent case shows, sometimes that can backfire, as a Texas employer was ordered to pay over $225,000, including penalties and attorneys’ fees, on an underlying wage underpayment of $9,017.

Illegal Deductions from Wages

Illegal Deduction from Wages

I often receive calls from employees complaining about illegal deductions from their wages.  Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA“), deductions from paychecks are generally illegal if they bring your actual hourly wage below the minimum wage – that is, $7.25 an hour.  For waiters, waitresses, and other tipped employees who make less than … Read more