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Minimum Wage and Overtime

Workers are safeguarded from wage theft by both state and federal laws. Essentially, for all hours worked, employees must receive at least minimum wage, and for all hours worked beyond 40 in a week, they are typically entitled to receive time-and-a-half. This applies to many employees, including those who earn commissions and tips.

Employers sometimes classify workers wrongly in order to avoid paying the right amount of wages, such as overtime. They may ask you to perform work before or after your shift, consider you a tipped worker even if you're doing work that doesn't qualify for tips, or classify you as an independent contractor even if your employer is actually controlling your work.

If you have not received the pay you are owed or have questions about your employer’s pay practices, please contact the experienced attorneys at Dooley Gembala. We hold employers accountable and will work hard to get you the money you are owed!

We are here to help you fight for your rights as an employee.

Recover Unpaid Wages With Dooley Gembala

Our team can provide advice and representation in claims to recover unpaid wages, including:

  • Unpaid overtime compensation - Employees may be eligible for overtime pay if they are not paid a salary or if their salary is below $455 per week.
  • Unpaid meal and rest breaks - Many states require employers to provide reasonable breaks throughout the workday. They cannot dock your pay or make you work through those times without paying you.
  • Minimum wage violations - If you do not receive the minimum wage, your employer may be violating state or federal laws.
  • Undocumented deductions - Your employer cannot take money out of your paycheck without a good reason and proper documentation.
  • Improper classification as an independent contractor - You may be entitled to back wages if your employer has misclassified you as an independent contractor.
  • Commissions not paid - If you have earned a commission but have not been paid, you may be able to recover the money.
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At Dooley Gembala, we will help you understand your rights and fight for the wages owed to you.

Employees of all types deserve to be compensated fairly for their work. Don't let your employer take advantage of you; schedule a consultation with Dooley Gembala today. You can reach us via phone at (440) 930-4001 or visit our law firm at 5455 Detroit Road, Sheffield Village, Ohio 44054.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my employer is violating wage and hour laws?

There are several signs your employer may be in violation of wage and hour laws. These include: not paying overtime, failing to provide meal or rest breaks, improperly classifying you as an independent contractor, making undocumented deductions from your paycheck, or not providing the minimum wage. If you are unsure, contact the experts at Dooley Gembala.

What is an independent contractor?

An independent contractor is a person who contracts with an employer to do specific work according to the terms of the contract. An independent contractor generally does not receive employee benefits, such as vacation and health insurance, nor are they considered an employee for tax purposes. If your employer controls how and when you perform your work and pays you regularly, then you may be misclassified as an independent contractor and entitled to back wages. Contact Dooley Gembala today to discuss your situation.

What are my rights when it comes to getting paid?

Under both state and federal laws, you have the right to be paid for all hours worked at or above minimum wage. Additionally, you may be eligible for time-and-a-half for any hours worked beyond 40 in a week. If your employer does not pay you correctly, contact us at Dooley Gembala to get what you are owed.

How do I get started with a wage and hour claim?

The best way to get started with a wage and hour claim is to contact the experienced lawyers at Dooley Gembala. We can review your situation, answer any questions you may have, and provide advice on how to proceed. Call us today at (440) 930-4001 or visit us at 5455 Detroit Road, Sheffield Village, Ohio 44054. We look forward to helping you get the wages you deserve!


Dooley Gembala is among the top-rated law firms in the Lorain County area. From corporate litigation to family disputes, there is a specialized attorney at Dooley Gembala who can tend to your legal needs. With more than 30 practice areas, clients can rest assured that the attorneys at Dooley Gembala have the expertise and experience needed for successful outcomes. Schedule your consultation online here or give us a call at (440) 930-4001. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you! We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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