Various laws exist regarding the payment of wages in New Mexico. If you are an employer, understanding these laws is important in order to avoid claims and lawsuits. General compensation laws require employers to pay employees no more than 16 days apart by cash, check or direct deposit. If you have terminated an employee and he or she was being paid on a fixed wage, you must pay the employee no later than five days after discharge. It is illegal for an employer to deduct money from an employee's paycheck without permission unless the deduction is for state or federal tax purposes or a court order.
An employee must also be notified in writing of any reduction in wages before those hours have been worked. State laws also include minimum wage and overtime guidelines. A nonexempt employee must be paid 1 ½ times his or her hourly rate of pay if he or she works more than 40 hours in any given week. Employers are also required to keep payroll records for at least one year. An employment law attorney can review your compensation policies to ensure that they comply with state and federal laws.
Obtaining Legal Representation
Employee misclassification is one of the more common occurrences in compensation disputes. Many employers incorrectly believe that any employee paid by salary is an exempt employee. Our firm, Moody & Warner, is an established employment law firm that has represented employers in compensation claims for over five decades. We can help prevent compensation claims and lawsuits resulting from violations of existing wage and hour statutes, including laws pertaining to:
- Payment of overtime
We provide our clients with skilled and knowledgeable legal advice, and can answer all of your compensation questions.
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!