Are you owed overtime wages by your employer? Many times an employer will misclassify an employee to avoid paying overtime. Federal and state laws require that a nonexempt employee be paid 1 ½ times his or her regular wage if he or she works over 40 hours per week. If you have been misclassified and/or are not being paid for overtime, contact an employment lawyer for legal advice. You may be entitled to recover any unpaid wages that you are due for the past two to three years.
Moody & Warner is one of the state's top employment law firms. We represent clients whose employment rights have been violated, including situations that involve an employer who has failed to pay earned overtime. An attorney at our firm can explain the laws that pertain to employee classification and the payment of overtime wages, and pursue any back pay that you are due.
Making An Overtime Claim
Specific laws exist pertaining to the classification of employees. If you are a nonexempt employee, you deserve to be paid overtime for any work performed after 40 hours. Most people who perform manual labor are considered nonexempt employees and eligible for overtime. This can include:
- Retail workers
- Nurses and other health care professionals
- Restaurant workers
- Field workers
- Call center workers
Employers are legally required to maintain accurate records of an employee's work time for at least one year. Our firm can review your employment classification and timekeeping records to determine if you are owed any money. If you have been denied any overtime that you are due under state and federal laws, we will take effective action to recover your lost wages.
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!