At the FairLaw Firm, my office routinely handles cases for workers, including employees who receive W-2's, independent contractors who receive 1099's, and those who receive both, when an employer fails to properly account for all of the payments made. My office is leading the way in using the law to hold employers accountable for either overstating or under-reporting the money paid to its employees.
The law entitles a person who receives a false or fraudulent information return (W-2 or 1099) to recover the actual damages incurred or $5,000, whichever is greater.
There are employers in Florida who will do whatever they can to increase their profits regardless of their legal obligations. Oftentimes, employers will pay their workers in part by check and in part in cash. Then, at the end of the year, these employers will issue an information return (such as a W-2 or 1099) that only includes the amounts paid by check. Other employers will pay their employees for up to 40 hours a week by check and then pay them their overtime wages in cash (but not at time and one-half). Another way that employers violate the law is by attributing money to an employee or worker that s/he did not earn - such as to hide the fact that payments are being made to an undocumented worker. In these situations, the employer failed to properly account for all of the money paid to the employee, which can be expose the employer to have to pay the greater of the actual damages suffered by the employee or $5,000 for each information return (W-2 or 1099) involved.
The FairLaw Firm is familiar with how employers can violate federal law by issuing a false or fradulent information return (W-2 or 1099). My office provides a free initial consultation and handles most cases on contingency, so contact us now at (866) 281-9288 or at (305) 230-4884.