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Be prepared to pursue the wages you are owed

Many workers in Missouri have to cover long shifts in order to earn enough to pay the bills. Minimum wage laws are in place to help ensure that workers can make enough money to live on, yet even then it is often hard to make ends meet. This is especially true if your employer ignores wage laws or is inconsistent with payments. You could find yourself working constantly for next to no money which is a danger to your health as well as your finances.

Going too long without addressing the issue can soon land you in debt, which is another downward spiral that can affect all areas of your life. As such, it is important to take action immediately if you feel you are underpaid or that there are any discrepancies between your wages and what you believe you should have been paid.

It is also important to be aware of overtime laws, as you may be entitled to a higher rate of pay for working at certain times or for shifts of a particular length. The precise rules on this can be complex, so do not be afraid to ask for guidance from legal authorities or other individuals with knowledge about employee rights. An attorney, for example, may be able to answer many of your questions.

If you are not receiving the pay you deserve or you are concerned that your wages do not reflect the legal minimums, our page on employment law may have some of the answers you need. An attorney may also be able to provide valuable advice and help you understand what you are owed and how to pursue it. With this guidance, you can confront your employer and work toward a fair and favorable resolution to your situation.

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