Wages

Claims Involving Unpaid Wages

Under state and federal laws, an employer is legally required to pay its employees a minimum wage. When an employer violates wage laws, a claim can be filed for back pay and other damages. You deserve to be paid for the work that you perform according to state and federal guidelines. If you are not being properly compensated for your work, contact an attorney for legal advice and assistance.

Not only are employers legally required to pay minimum wage, they must also pay a nonexempt employee for any work that is performed in excess of 40 hours. This can include time spent working during breaks and lunch such as:

  • Answering emails related to your job
  • Responding to text messages from your boss
  • Taking a work-related phone call
  • Completing a call with a customer

Due to the complexity of employment laws, most employees do not know the full extent of their rights. Our firm can review your compensation arrangement with your employer, as well as any timekeeping records, to determine if you are being properly paid.

Filing A Claim

An employer can request that an employee work more than eight hours a day, but must pay overtime if more than 40 hours are worked during the week. Overtime is paid at 1 ½ times the persons hourly wage. Employers will sometimes intentionally misclassify a nonexempt employee as exempt to get around the payment of overtime. If you believe your employer is violating the law regarding your wages and overtime pay, speak with an attorney at Moody & Warner. We are skilled and experienced employment law specialists who will protect your employment rights and file a claim for any back wages that you are due.

Abercrombie & Fitch Hiring Practices

New Mexico Employment Lawyer Handling Discrimination Claims

Abercrombie & Fitch is a multibillion-dollar apparel retailer that targets teenage and college-age shoppers. Youth are a major focus of this company. In fact, the retailer's CEO has even made statements that have indicated Abercrombie & Fitch's focus on youth throughout every facet of the business operation. While it is perfectly fine for a company to know what type of audience it is targeting, it is not OK when that company starts discriminating against job applicants or employees simply because they do not have a certain image, whether that is a "youthful" image or some other type of image.

Abercrombie & Fitch has actually been sued on multiple occasions for alleged employment discrimination, including age discrimination, race discrimination and even religious discrimination. Our New Mexico employment law attorneys at Moody & Warner are investigating the retail chain's hiring practices — both at the store level and at the corporate level — in order to uncover any policies or actions that involve age discrimination. If you are age 40 or older and have been either unfairly denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch or unfairly terminated from the company, we want to hear your story! If you have any type of information regarding Abercrombie & Fitch's hiring practices, we encourage you to speak with our employment law firm.

Abercrombie & Fitch's History Of Discrimination Lawsuits

In one of Abercrombie & Fitch's class-action lawsuits, the retailer was sued by thousands of plaintiffs in 2003 for allegedly discriminating against Latinos, African-Americans and Asian-Americans in its hiring and employment practices. As a result of the lawsuit, the company reached a settlement in 2004 in which it agreed to hire a vice president for diversity and diversity recruiters, as reported by The New York Times. The company also agreed to pay $40 million to the plaintiffs.

There are also many other lawsuits that have occurred in recent years. In one case, a 55-year-old former pilot of the clothing company's corporate jet sued Abercrombie & Fitch, claiming that he was terminated because of his age, according to ABC News. Another lawsuit sought damages for two Muslim women who said they were discriminated against because they were not willing to take off their hijabs, or head scarves, during work. That lawsuit was settled in 2013, with the company paying the women monetary damages and agreeing to change its policies regarding hijabs and religious accommodations, according to The Guardian.

Don't Accept Discrimination. Take Action!

No one should have to be denied a job or treated unfairly at work simply because of his or her age, gender, religion, race, etc. If you are the victim of employment discrimination committed by Abercrombie & Fitch or any other employer, you need to take action to put a stop to this unjustifiable behavior and to seek compensation for the hardship you suffered. Contact us so we can help you fight for justice!