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Fair Labor Standards Act
What Is The FLSA?
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) dates back to the Great Depression. It was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938, and was enacted with the dual purposes of spreading employment by placing financial pressure on employers through the overtime pay requirement, and compensating workers for the burden of working in excess of 40 hours per week.
Under the FLSA and similar state laws, an employee who works more than 40 hours a week is generally entitled to overtime pay at time and a half. The FLSA also established the minimum wage, defined working hours, and set youth employment standards. In today’s challenging economic times, the purposes and protections of the FLSA are as relevant and necessary as ever.
How An Employment Lawyer Can Help
In recent years, more and more companies have disregarded both the FLSA and state wage and hour laws, requiring their employees to work more than 40 hours per week without being paid overtime. In fact, the most recent statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor found violations of the FLSA in 78% of the cases investigated. The reason for this is clear: wage and hour violations are pervasive across a number of industries.
There is no excuse for an employer to not abide by the FLSA. Many companies believe shortchanging employees can help protect their bottom line, but violating the FLSA has serious consequences. If you feel your employer has violated the FLSA, it is important you immediately contact an attorney because the chances are you are not the only one who is owed wages.
Why Choose Whitfield, Bryson & Mason LLP?
Whitfield, Bryson & Mason LLP has successfully prosecuted a number of FLSA cases. Our FLSA attorneys have successfully litigated on behalf of workers at some of the largest corporations in the country, including Staples, Pizza Hut, Avis, and Rite-Aid. We are able to take on these large companies by bringing a collective action under the FLSA or a class action under state wage and hour laws.
Collective and class actions empower an individual worker to take on a large corporation, and our firm is well-versed in bringing these types of complex actions. When working with our firm, we aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf and seek to obtain the wages you are rightfully owed. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.