A worker in any job can end up the victim of wage theft, no matter what their position or status is, and no matter who their employer is. That said, some jobs come at a higher risk of these and other labor issues. If you are curious about which jobs come with the highest risk of wage theft, keep reading. If you would like a free legal consultation with an employment law attorney, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
- Food Delivery Drivers
- Disaster Relief Workers
- Financial Consultants
- Delivery Drivers
- Retail Associates
It is often the case that a delivery driver does not realize that they have been the victim of wage theft because their payment structure can be confusing. Drivers are required by law to be reimbursed for at least $0.58 for every mile they drive for work. They may also be allowed reimbursement for wear and tear on their vehicles. Their employer should supplement drivers who do not make minimum wage when their tips and hourly wage are combined.
Relief workers are often under great stress as they work to bring communities, and sometimes entire countries, back together. Whether it’s a hurricane, a flood, a tornado, or an earthquake, these workers help remove debris, care for survivors, and build back infrastructure. Unfortunately, they are not always paid fairly. They are generally paid a day rate that does not include any overtime they may work – and that is against the law.
Financial consultants, especially those within the anti-money laundering (AML), are highly susceptible to wage theft. Their employers often say they are exempt from earning overtime but this is rarely true. This can mean missing out on $1,000s each year.
It is common for couriers and other delivery drivers to work as subcontractors for larger companies. This leads to the common practice of paying these drivers per-delivery – which means that if they hit traffic or run into other issues, they may end up working many more hours than they are paid for.
Servers have many issues getting the wages they are owed – one of which is wage pooling. This causes a server to not get the tips they earned but rather to gets tips based on how everyone else performed. Wage theft also happens when servers are asked to work in the back of the house but only paid their server’s wage, which is generally much lower than the minimum wage.
It is unfortunately all too common for a company to give a retail associate the title of manager but not the pay. The employee in question does not perform managerial duties – so why do they get the title? Because managers are sometimes not required to be paid overtime wages.
If you believe you have been the victim of wage theft then we encourage you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.