Employment Law

Summer Law represents workers and employers. Irrespective of who Summer Law represents, it strives to level the playing field and aggressively pursue its client’s claim or defense. Summer Law is committed to protecting your rights.

Whether you’re an employee or an employer getting it wrong can have serious consequences.

If litigation is unavoidable, Summer Law will provide zealous representation in the courtroom.

Wrongful Termination

Termination of employment is unlawful if it violates the law or public policy. At Summer Law, the options available are explained along with the legal implications of current law. Summer Law aggressively litigates claims advanced by its clients.

For employers, Summer Law formulates a practical and cost-effective approach for either defending or resolving any claims brought against them.

Wage Law

Unpaid Wages
Summer Law represents many individuals who have claims for unpaid wages. An employee must be fully compensated for all time worked.

Breaks/Lunches
Workers are often denied lunch breaks or other breaks but the break is deducted from their pay. This is improper under the law.

Overtime
Many employees are eligible for overtime pay for each hour beyond 40 hours worked in a week. It is the law that determines whether or not a worker is entitled to overtime. Even if the parties agree that the employee will get a “salary” this does not mean that overtime pay is not warranted under the law.

Independent Contractor/Misclassification
Sometimes employers save money by recognizing and paying their employees as independent contractors, this is generally illegal. The law requires employers to cover or share in some of the costs of employment, including paying payroll taxes, worker’s compensation premiums, healthcare costs, and other benefits. These employers also obtain an unfair business advantage from the lower labor costs, resulting from misclassification.

Unpaid Sick and Vacation Time
An employer must properly pay its employees for sick time and their vacation pay.  A failure to do so is a violation of law.

Employers violate the Wage Act by:
•  Failing to pay wages, overtime wages, wages for unused, accrued vacation, and commissions
•  Failing to pay prevailing wages on public works projects
•  Failing to pay employees properly (including undocumented workers)
•  Failing to compensate employees for working overtime
•  Misclassifying employees as independent contractors
•  Misclassifying salaried employees as exempt from overtime
•  Holding back tips, typically in the restaurant/bar industry