Why it’s (not) the most wonderful time of the year to work in retail: Unpaid wages

This The Season To Collect your Back-PayThe holiday season may be merry for businesses due to increased sales, but retail employees often face a far more grim reality. For many workers, both at brick-and-mortar and online stores, it means longer and more grueling hours, increased stress, and frequent unpaid “off-the-clock” work.

Many retailers now open their doors for Black Friday bargains before most of us have even finished our pumpkin pie. As such, retail workers spend Thanksgiving week – and often up to five weeks after the holiday season, when people exchange gifts and use gift cards – stocking and pricing high volumes of merchandise, training a new seasonal worker, and resetting stores for the next day.

Knowing that the corporate office is paying close attention to the bottom line on a daily basis during this period, management will frequently make holiday rush employees stay after they have clocked out to prepare for the next day, come in a little early and/or stay late to process stock and shipments, or take customer service calls to expedite orders when they aren’t meant to be working.

Federal law mandates that non-exempt employees must be paid for ALL time worked. Moreover, these “off-the-clock” hours should usually be paid at an overtime rate of one-and-a-half times the worker’s regular hourly rate.

If your employer requires you to work “off the clock” during this holiday season, or at any time, you could be entitled to recover unpaid wages, and an additional equal amount as “liquidated damages.” If you are interested in pursuing recovery of such damages for your unpaid overtime wages please contact us today at info@shavitzlaw.com or call us directly at (800) 616-4000 for a free consultation. At Shavitz Law Group, we have helped thousands of workers stand up for their right to be fairly compensated. You earned it, now let's go get it!