As a professional in the design industry, you know how important it is to have a good reputation. Anything that threatens your reputation has to be corrected as soon as possible. That’s why an employee’s claims of being underpaid were so shocking. They’d never come to you to discuss the issue. Instead, they went straight to an attorney to file a lawsuit.

A lawsuit can be a big problem for a small design firm like yours, so you want to stop it before it causes trouble. You’ve pulled all the employee’s past checks and don’t see any problem with their hours based on the timeclock’s readings. What should you do?

If you’re facing wage and hour claims, you need to take immediate action

The first step is to reach out to your attorney with the documentation that you have. Your attorney will need to get in touch with the other party’s attorney to see what information they have and if there is an easy resolution.

If there have been violations of law, such as compliance errors to do with late breaks, failing to provide meal breaks or failing to correctly calculate overtime, then your attorney will help you understand those laws and offer a settlement to the other party to correct the issue.

If you did not do anything wrong and no violations are found, then your attorney will also be there to defend you and to try to resolve the case without a trial. If you do end up at trial, your attorney will defend you, so that the facts are ready for a judge and they can understand what is happening.

Wage and hour claims can threaten your business, but with good representation and support, you can reduce the risk of a damaged reputation. Our site has more information.