Most of us trust our employers to pay us for the hours that we have worked. Many of us are so trusting that we don’t even check that our wage slip is correct each month.
While the majority of the time, we get paid correctly for the hours that we have worked, this is not always the case. There are issues that can arise regarding wages and payments. Some of these issues are more common than others and there are several to be aware of as an employer or employee.
What is a Wage Dispute?
A wage dispute is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a dispute resulting from unpaid wages or wrongful wage deductions. You may need to make a wage dispute if your employer has paid you incorrectly. Wage disputes can be one-offs or ongoing issues. Business owners can make honest and genuine mistakes when paying their employees. In one-off cases, legal action usually isn’t required. The issue can be resolved between you and your employer and you can receive your full wage.
Persistent wage disputes might require legal action against your employer. Regular wage-related issues may indicate that your employer is untrustworthy, unorganized, or struggling financially.
Should You Open a Wage Dispute With Your Employer?
Employees can sometimes feel intimidated by their employer or uncomfortable raising issues about their wages. As a society, money is seen as a taboo subject and this causes people to avoid the subject altogether.
If you haven’t been paid properly, it’s important to raise the issue with your employer as soon as to notice the issue. Wage disputes are more common than you might think and resolving them as quickly as possible is important to get the money that you have earned.
How Do You Resolve Wage Disputes?
You can work with your employer to resolve the issue to try and avoid escalating further. Your employer might be able to identify the fault and reimburse your lost income quickly and easily.
However, if you are unable to resolve the issue, you might need to take legal action against your employer. In this case, you would need to hire an employment lawyer who is specialized in this area of the law.
Depending on the reason for the wage dispute, you will need to file a specific claim against your employer. Your lawyer will be able to guide you through the legal processes, whether you’re filing for unlawful wage deductions, wrongful termination, or unpaid overtime claims in Washington.
Employment lawyers know the ins and outs of employment laws and can represent you in tribunal if necessary. Hiring a lawyer is a good idea even if you don’t want to take legal action against your employer. They can provide expert advice on the situation so you know what to say and do to rectify the problem and avoid the same issue occurring again in the future.
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