Do Florida labor laws protect against unpaid, promised wages that are not related to minimum wage or overtime laws?

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Do Florida labor laws protect against unpaid, promised wages that are not related to minimum wage or overtime laws?

My employer hired me at a salary of 100k annually. On November 9th, all employees were notified verbally that our salaries were going to be cut by a heavy percentage for a term no longer than 6 months. We are paid on a schedule of the 15th and last day of each month. The verbal notification we received was letting us know that the salary cuts would hit on the paycheck coming on the 15th – just 6 days, 3 business days away.

There was never official in writing communication about the salary cuts –

even to this day.

I know in states like North Carolina, the withholding of promised wages is a

big deal, but I cannot seem to find anything about Florida law on the issue. Is

there a state agency I could speak to about the issue. I’ve already reached

out to the federal DOL and they only concern themselves with violations of

minimum wage and overtime pay laws.

Thanks.

Asked on January 12, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Unless you had a written employment contract, your employer could change or reduce your pay at will. The only limitation is that the reduction is only effective from when you are told of it forward; any work done prior to the notice (and oral notice is adequate; written notice is not required) must be paid at the pre-notice or -announcment wage; retroactive changes are not legal. If there was some retroactive reduction, you could contact the state department of labor to file a wage complaint and/or sue for the extra money you should have been paid.


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