What You Need to Know About Wage and Hour Violations

Dollars on top of coinsMany workers are unaware of their rights when it comes to wages and hours. As a result, they may work long hours without overtime pay or minimum wage.  However, wage and hour laws can be complex, and you will likely need the help of an experienced attorney. 

There are many different types of wage and hour violations, so it is important to speak with an attorney to determine if you have a valid claim. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments.  Some common wage and hour violations include:

-Failure to pay overtime: If you work more than 40 hours in a week, you are entitled to time-and-a-half pay for every hour over 40. If your employer does not pay you overtime, they may be violating the law.

-Minimum wage violations: All workers in the United States are entitled to earn at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. If your employer pays you less than this, they may be violating the law. Some states have their own minimum wage laws that are higher than the federal minimum wage, so you will need to check your state’s laws to see if you are entitled to earn more than $7.25 per hour.

-Unpaid lunch and break periods: Many employers require employees to take a lunch or break period during their shift. However, some employers do not pay employees for these periods of time.

In addition, you should be aware that there are deadlines for filing claims, so it is important to act quickly if you believe you have been the victim of wage and hour violations. If you take the time to understand your rights and seek legal assistance, you may be able to obtain the compensation you deserve. 

An experienced attorney can help you determine whether you have a claim and how to proceed.  Contact Wyly & Cook at 713-236-8330 or at info@wylycooklaw.com for a free consultation.

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