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Unpaid Wages & Overtime


Disputes over unpaid wages, overtime, commissions, and bonuses are arising with increasing frequency. Often such disputes erupt into litigation. A typical unpaid wages case involves claims that an employer has failed to provide the employee with one or more of the following:

  • final paycheck
  • earned wages
  • minimum wage or overtime pay
  • meal and/or break time
  • payment for unused vacation time or paid time off (PTO)
  • earned commissions, incentives, or bonuses

The experienced employment law attorneys at BLN assist employers, employees, and independent contractors in disputes over unpaid wages and commissions. If an employer is intentionally withholding earned wages or commissions, an employee may have legal claims under both state and federal law, including the right to recover:

  • the amount of unpaid wages or commissions
  • statutory penalties and/or liquidated damages
  • attorney’s fees and court costs

For employees, including highly compensated executives and salespersons, BLN can help prepare effective demand letters seeking recovery of unpaid wages, commissions, bonuses, and overtime pay. If payment is not received, we can also represent you in court, a self-regulatory agency (such as FINRA), or an administrative agency (such as the DOL). Our business lawyers routinely represent professionals and executives in matters involving employment contracts and executive compensation. Our experience in the boardroom and in the courtroom puts us in a strong position to recover the money you are owed.

For employers, BLN can evaluate, analyze, and defend unpaid wages and commission claims, and help implement proactive polices to minimize the risk of future claims. Services in this area include performing wage and hour audits, drafting bonus and commission plans, and defending corporations against unfounded claims for unpaid wages and Department of Labor audits.

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