Although most employers are honest and pay their employees what they have earned, some unscrupulous employers take advantage of their employees. These employers may refuse to pay their employees what they are owed, including wages, sick time, overtime, commissions or bonuses. This can happen often when workers are in a vulnerable position, such as if they are illegal aliens or do not speak English well. Employers may believe that their workers will not seek legal help or aren’t aware of their legal rights. However, those employees should seek legal counsel. An attorney can be a valuable asset in helping workers protect their legal rights, as well as informing employers that violations of their legal rights will not be tolerated.