Williams Dirks Dameron represents employees in several scenarios, including claims for unpaid wages, discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and whistleblowing. Our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for employees whose rights have been violated.

Williams Dirks Dameron Contingency Fee Model

Unlike other firms, Williams Dirks Dameron represents clients on a contingency basis, meaning that we do not bill clients by the hour. Instead, we represent you on a contingency basis, where you pay no legal fees unless we ultimately recover money for you. This contingency model where we get paid only if our client gets paid aligns our interests with our clients’ interests – interests that maximize recovery as efficiently as possible.

Wage & Hour

Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation


To reach one of our attorneys, contact Katie Graham at kgraham@williamsdirks.com.


Employers wrongfully steal wages from employees in two primary ways:

  • Classifying employees as salaried employees when they should be entitled to overtime, and

  • Refusing to pay employees for time they work, including “off the clock” work.

These violations can occur in any industry, including “white collar” jobs. Certain industries are particularly prone to wage violations. Here are some of the jobs that often are unpaid:

  • Underwriters (mortgage and insurance)

  • Waiters and bartenders (excessive sidework and tip sharing violations)

  • Unpaid interns

  • Financial analysts

  • Commissioned salespeople (retail stores, other sales)

  • Assistant managers (retail stores, restaurants, etc.)

  • IT workers (including consultants and trainers)

  • Help desk and troubleshooting workers

  • Call center workers

  • Independent contractors in all fields

  • Installers (furniture, cable, windows and doors, etc.)

  • Delivery drivers

  • Home healthcare workers who are LPNs

  • Insurance coders

If you work in one of these industries, or if you work in another area and believe your employer is wrongfully failing to pay you, contact Katie Graham at kgraham@williamsdirks.com.


Representative Experience and Results


We have collectively recovered over $50 Million dollars in unpaid wages for our clients, including:


  • Tried overtime class action to jury in Kansas federal court

  • Prosecuted cases on behalf of servers and bartenders for excessive sidework at less than minimum wage

  • Prosecuted cases on behalf of call center workers for time spent working prior to clocking in

  • Represented loan originators for unpaid overtime 

  • Prosecuted cases on behalf of software company consultants for unpaid overtime

  • Prosecuted cases involving cable installers for unpaid overtime

  • Prosecuted cases for misclassification of employees as independent contractors



Have you suffered discrimination?  

Illegal discrimination is defined as treating a person or group of people differently at their job because of their race, color, age, gender, or ethnic origin. This can lead to  being rejected for employment, being fired, or being harmed (such as being overlooked for promotion).

If you have been the victim of discrimination, please contact our discrimination lawyers.

Have you been harassed because of your race, color, age, gender or ethnic origin? 

Harassment may include slurs, negative stereotyping, denigrating or hostile gender- or race-based jokes. 

It also may include sexual harassment, such as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature in the workplace.  The workplace should feel like a safe and professional place, which enables you to do your job. 

But when your boss crosses the boundaries,  you need to take action to protect your rights. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping you through these difficult times.

Have you experienced retaliation at your job because you complained about working conditions  or some other violation of law?

Retaliation occurs when your employer punishes you because you complained about harassment, discrimination, health and safety violations, or some other violation of workplace law.  Retaliation can take several forms, including demotion, firing, salary reduction, changes in job assignment, or hostility. When it comes to employee retaliation, take no chances — contact Katie Graham at kgraham@williamsdirks.com.



There are several laws that protect employees who report their employer’s misconduct to the government. Under these laws, employees can receive a portion of any money that is levied against their employer by the government.

Employees can report a wide variety of violations, including:

  • Double billing;

  • Billing for services that are not provided;

  • Practices that violate a government contract, including illegal subcontracting; or

  • Underperformance of a government contract.

To learn more about your rights as a whistleblower, contact Katie Graham at kgraham@williamsdirks.com.

1100 Main Street, Suite 2600

Kansas City, Missouri 64105

T: (816) 945-7110

F: (816) 945-7118


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