Wage & Hour

Wage And Hour Disputes

The payment of employee wages is regulated by various state and federal laws. Violations of these laws can lead to administrative claims and even lawsuits. Our firm can ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the statutes pertaining to wages, including:

  • Employee classification
  • Minimum wage
  • Overtime
  • Meals and breaks
  • Vacation leave
  • Sick leave
  • Severance
  • Deductions
  • Commissions
  • Piece rate

Federal law requires that nonexempt employees be paid 1 ½ times the regular wage rate for all hours of work over 40 hours per week. Some employers disregard these laws and decline to pay hourly workers overtime pay, which can result in the employee filing a claim for unpaid wages. An employee can be awarded unpaid overtime for a period of two to three years in the past. Underpaid employees can also be awarded damages in the amount of twice the amount owed. If you have questions about wages, overtime or other pay matters, contact an employment law attorney for legal advice. Employment laws regarding wages can be confusing. An employment lawyer can explain the wage laws that pertain to your business, and ensure appropriate policies and procedures have been implemented to prevent costly mistakes.

Legal Assistance In New Mexico

Moody & Stanford is a highly skilled employment law firm with many years of experience representing employers in claims regarding wages. Our firm is intimately familiar with the laws regarding wages, and will provide legal counsel and advocacy in any wage-related matter. We can also keep you informed of legislative changes that affect wages, and help you avoid noncompliance issues and potential legal problems.

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 & Stanford 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!