Minimum Wage in Lake County, Indiana
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East Chicago, IN Minimum Wage and Wage Claims
What Is the Minimum Wage in East Chicago, IN?
You are entitled to the highest minimum wage that applies where you work, whether set by your city, county, or state government. (Most cities and counties don’t have their own minimum wage laws.)
Lake County Minimum Wage
The minimum wage in Lake County is $7.25 an hour, the state minimum wage. Indiana law prohibits city and county governments from adopting a local minimum wage that's higher than the state minimum wage.
Indiana Minimum Wage
The minimum wage in Indiana is the same as the federal minimum wage: $7.25 an hour.
Visit https://www.in.gov/dol/wage-and-hour/wage-and-hour-faqs/ to learn more about Indiana’s minimum wage.
What Is the Tipped Minimum Wage in East Chicago, IN?
Some states and local governments allow employers to pay tipped employees a lower minimum hourly wage; others don't.
Indiana Tipped Minimum Wage
In Indiana, your employer may pay you a minimum wage of $2.13 an hour, as long as you earn enough in tips to bring your total hourly pay up to the full minimum wage, $7.25 an hour. If you don’t earn enough in tips to bring your compensation to the full minimum wage, your employer must make up the difference.
Who Enforces East Chicago, IN Minimum Wage Laws?
Indiana Enforcement Agency
If you have questions about Indiana's minimum wage, contact the
Indiana Department of Labor
Indiana Department of Labor
402 West Washington Street, Room W195
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
How to File a Wage Claim in East Chicago, IN
If you were not paid the minimum wage in East Chicago, IN, you may have the right to file a wage claim or complaint with a government agency. Be sure to look at the wage claim materials (below) for the agency that enforces the law you believe was violated, whether city, county, or state.
All jurisdictions impose a time limit on how far back you may claim unpaid wages, so it's important to file your claim quickly. There may be other restrictions on the claims you may file, such as dollar-amount limits or limits on the agency’s ability to force employers to comply with the law. You may be required to ask your employer to pay you correctly before you file a claim. And, you almost always have the option to go straight to court and file a lawsuit instead of filing a wage claim with a government agency. For these reasons, it often makes sense to talk to an experienced wage and hour lawyer to make sure you know all of your options, understand the strength of your claims, and decide how to proceed.
Filing a Wage Claim with the Indiana Department of Labor
The Indiana Department of Labor has posted instructions and an online wage claim form at its website.
Get Help With East Chicago, IN Wage Claims and Lawsuits
If you are considering filing a wage claim or lawsuit, you may want to speak to a local wage and hour attorney. The resources below can help you find a lawyer near you.
East Chicago, IN Free or Low-Cost Legal Assistance
Legal aid offices provide free legal assistance to low-income people. Typically, you must qualify for legal aid based on your income. Visit Indiana Legal Help to find local resources and legal aid offices.
Some law schools have free legal clinics that provide assistance with specific problems, including wage and hour issues and other employment matters. Find a list of law schools offering legal clinics on a variety of issues at the American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono.
East Chicago, IN Lawyer Directories
Lawyer Referral Services in Indiana. Check with the Indiana State Bar Association for information on lawyer referral services in East Chicago, IN. Lawyer referral services match people with attorneys who specialize in particular legal fields, such as wage and hour law.
NELA’s “Find-A-Lawyer” Service. Search the National Employment Lawyer’s Association’s membership to find East Chicago, IN lawyers who specialize in wage and hour claims and other employment issues.