Post: Employer withholding paychecks, bouncing paychecks & more
Posted by Kevan on 12/16/03
My employer, a security company that contracts for un-armed
guards, consistently doesn't pay overtime, issues paychecks
late, actively keeps employees from picking paychecks up
and then doesn't have sufficient funds to cover the
payroll. In their new hire paperwork they say paychecks
are available "on, or about" the 7th and 21st of each month
and most employees are lucky to have theirs 7-10 days after
the posted date. The employers officially do not keep
office hours and they always keep the office locked even
when they are there (they have been seen coming/going).
This is the only place to obtain a paycheck and direct
deposit is not available. They won't answer the door or
the phone and usually finally allow the employees to get
their checks only after the employee threatens to not
report to work. Even then the employers play games to keep
paychecks longer and often instruct employees not to cash
the checks until the next day. I calculated that the
company pays out at least $500,000 each year in wages, yet
they do not pay overtime. I understand a Federal law
mandates any employer to pay overtime if the business
grosses $500,000 per year, regardless of the number of
employees. To my knowledge, they do not qualify for other
overtime exemptions either. I have personally had one
paycheck bounce and since then have gone to my employer's
bank to cash my checks. Even then I sometimes am not
allowed to get my money due to insufficient funds in their
payroll account. The location is Brevard County, Florida.
The best situation would be to continue working at this
company, get paid overtime when owed, and to receive my
paychecks on time without bouncing. What resources do I
have to acheive this, legally or otherwise? Should my
local PD be informed of bounced checks (this is a habit for
this company as almost every employee has experienced
this)? What have they violated? What should be done to
ammend these violations? Any other thoughts? Thanks!
Posts on this thread, including this one
- Employer withholding paychecks, bouncing paychecks & more, 12/16/03, by Kevan.
- Re: Employer withholding paychecks, bouncing paychecks & mor, 1/06/04, by Terry.
- Re: Employer withholding paychecks, bouncing paychecks & mor, 5/09/07, by Robert Goode.