Wage and Hour Lawyer Chicago, Illinois
Are you owed Overtime?
Employers are constantly looking to make profits at the expense of the workers, and since they have labor lawyers at their side, if you feel like you might be owed overtime you should speak with a wage and hour lawyer Chicago, IL turns to to learn about your rights. The Lawyers at Brown, LLC handle employee rights issues including overtime pay, FCRA, whistleblower, False Claims Act (FCA), sexual harassment, FCRA violations, WARN ACT issues and many other areas, including review of severance agreements. Further, the firm is led by a former FBI Special Agent who has recovered millions for his clients and they are only paid if they win your case.
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an employer is obligated to pay your 1.5 your hourly rate for hours over worked over 40 unless they can prove the exemption. Sometimes they will lead you to believe you are salaried and don’t have to pay you overtime, but the burdens on them to prove they don’t have to pay overtime. Particularly, egregious is when an employer makes someone work endless hours on salary, but when the employee works less than 40 hours for a week, the employer only pays the hourly rate. Under the law, that means the employer could lose even a proper exemption from overtime and you might be entitled to all your overtime hours paid at time and half with double damages plus attorney’s fees and expenses. You should consult with a Chicago, IL wage and hour lawyer to determine whether you’re properly classified as salaried.
A very big employment issue that has reared its head the last decade is whistleblower laws, since the trillion dollar a year health care industry is replete with fraud. Medicare Fraud, Medicaid Fraud, and Insurance Fraud, are all too prevalent, but employees have a mechanism to address this via the False Claims Act (FCA) and the Illinois False Claims Act which additionally allows an employee to bring an action on behalf of insurance companies that have been defrauded. These types of whistleblower actions have the potential for big recoveries, since whistleblower awards could be 30% of the recovery, and with billions of dollars a year in fraud, if you do the math, a successful qui tam lawsuit could result in a hundred million dollar whistleblower award.
Illinois has some unique facets about its labor laws. They have a One Day Rest in Seven rule, and the Meals and Breaks Rules.
Illinois One Day Rest in Seven
According to 820 ILCS 140/2 an employee is entitled to one day of rest in every calendar week, although some exceptions apply. Also, there is the ability to obtain a permit for voluntary work for all seven days. 56 Ill. Adm. Code 220.200. While, there may be smoke and fire here for an employer that abuses this section, the ability to bring a private right of action for this alone is suspect.
Illinois Meals and Breaks
Illinois law requires a free uninterrupted meal period of at least 20 minutes for workers who work over 7.5 hours in a day. It may be unpaid within 5 hours after the start of work. 820 ILCS 140/3.
There’s many other nuances of the law, so it’s best to speak with an employment or wage and hour lawyer in Chicago, IL if you think there’s an issue with work. You many not even know how the employer is exploiting you, but they may be doing so by not paying you properly, committing a tip violation with a tip pool or hundreds of others ways the employer cares about profits over people. To learn your rights take the time and enjoy a free consultation with a wage and hour lawyer Chicago, IL relies on who has a track record of success.
Any leading whistleblower law firm tackling the tens of billions of dollars stolen from the
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The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) recently announced that it has identified over $80 billion in
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, commonly known as HIPAA, is intended to protect
100 Million Dollar Settlement Fund for Women Injured by a New Birth Control Product
Jason T. Brown was the first attorney in the country to file a battery of cases on behalf of women who sustained blood clots, such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolisms, strokes and death from a new Birth control Product. Jason T. Brown’s prior firm was on the PSC (Plaintiff Steering Committee) and served as liaison counsel in the state mass tort action. The firm is no longer accepting new cases.
Tens of Millions in Settlements for Mass Tort Injuries and Class Actions
$7 Million Plus Settlement for Consumer Fraud
$7 Million Dollar Commercial Litigation Settlement
Millions in Settlements for Women Injured by New Generation Hormonal Product
Women who sustained blood clots from a new Generation Hormonal Product received and continue to receive compensation for their injuries. Compensable injuries include Pulmonary Embolisms (PE), Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Strokes and Death. The firm is still investigating and accepting cases.
Nationwide $3.5 Million Settlement for Wage & Hour Class Action Case
Case brought on behalf of at home call center workers who were not paid for all their time worked including boot up time, technical time and other time. Workers were told by the company that boot up time which lasted 15 minutes or more was not paid because it was considered their commute to work. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
$3.2 Million Settlement for Wage & Hour Class Action Case
Case brought on behalf of workers who were misclassified as salaried exempt from overtime. The employer led employees to believe that they had to work unlimited hours over 40 without overtime compensation even though based on their job duties it was alleged they were entitled to overtime pay.
$2.4 Million Dollar Settlement for Wage & Hour Class Action
Lawsuit was brought as a class action on behalf of workers who worked in excess of 40 hours a week and were not paid overtime. The employer was forcing them to work “off the clock” for those hours and failed to pay proper overtime compensation.
$2 Million Dollar Settlement for False Claims Act (Whistleblower Case)
“$2 Million Dollar False Claims Act (FCA) Settlement – Unnecessary Services”
A case against GenomeDx was brought alleging violations of the False Claims Act (FCA) and the California Insurance Claims Fraud Prevention Act regarding unnecessary services such as the testing of tissues that did not need to be tested. The case resulted in a $350,000 whistleblower award.
$2 Million Dollar Settlement for Truck Accident Victim
Our firm was Of Counsel to a serious truck accident case involving a trucking accident with multiple injuries.
Nationwide $1.3 Million Judgment against Future Income Payments and Scott Kohn for Consumer Fraud
Scott Kohn and Future Income Payments conspired to defraud veterans out of their hard earned pensions by offering them loans at loanshark rates and claiming it was a “purchase” not a loan.
$1.7 Million Dollar Settlement for Wage & Hour Case
Misclassified employees under the FLSA were not paid overtime for hours worked in excess of 40. Due to a confidentiality agreement specific details are intentionally omitted.
Judgment with Maximum Damages for Employment Litigation
Judgment for misclassification under the FLSA including maximum damages under State and Federal Laws, plus an incentive fee for the lead plaintiff with attorney fees paid separately. The case involved a worker who was paid a day rate regardless of the amount of hours worked per day and per week.
Class Action Jury Trial
Workers alleged that they were misclassified according to their job duties. The Defendant claimed an administrative exemption under the FLSA and state law. Misclassification cases under the FLSA are the cases most often tried due to non-monetary considerations. Jury Trial lasted three weeks. Settlement offered in lieu of appeal.
Acquittal at Trial
Despite videotaped evidence that the prosecutor alleged incriminated the defendant, Mr. Brown was able to obtain an acquittal at trial for his client. Please note, that while we, the Brown, LLC will provide consultations in defense matters, the firm spends most of its time litigating complex litigation such as class actions, mass torts and catastrophic injuries.
Judgment with Maximum Damages for Wage & Hour Dispute
Wage & Hour dispute on behalf of hourly employees who were not paid time and a half for hours in excess of 40. Employees were granted double damages for all their time with attorney fees and costs paid separately.
Million Dollar Settlement for Wage & Hour Class Action Case
Workers were compelled to come into work 15 minutes early to set up, but were not paid for their set up time. Gap issues aside, workers received double damages for the time worked for 3 years’ worth of pay with attorney fees paid separately.
This is a non-exhaustive list of prior results and successes of Jason T. Brown and the Brown, LLC. Past results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
For more information about each award see Awards & Accolades – All cases involve Jason T. Brown and/ or Brown, LLC
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