If you have been subject to an illegal pay practice, you have the right to pursue your legal claims collectively with your fellow employees. Put another way, when an employer fails to pay a group of employees, they have the right to join together and file a lawsuit to recover back pay owed and to correct the pay practice going forward. Many employers had tried to force their employees to sign agreements that would bar them from pursuing a group action against the employer.

On January 6, 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a ruling making it clear that workers have the right to pursue legal claims as a group. The D.R. Horton, Inc. decision stated that employers could not force employees to sign agreements forcing them to pursue their unpaid wage claims individually. This decision is a victory for workers because it allows them to join together when their employer is not paying full wages to the entire group of employees. Often, individual employees would not bring an action against their employer if they had to do so individually.

If you believe that you are not being paid correctly by your employer, please contact Hawks Quindel at 608/257-0040 for a free consultation with an experienced wage and hour attorney.

Bill Parsons

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