Federal and state laws require that your employer pay you minimum wages and, in most instances, overtime wages. The federal minimum wage law currently requires your employer to pay you at least $7.25 per hour. In many instances, you must be paid for "standing" and/or "travel time." Your employer is prohibited from fining or docking your wages below the minimum wage. If you have not been paid at least $7.25 per hour, or if you have not been paid for all the hours you worked, then your employer may have violated these laws and you may be entitled to damages.
Hourly Employee Rights
As an hourly employee, you have rights relating to:
- Minimum wage
- Unpaid mealtime & breaks
- Working off the clock
- Vacation & off time
- Illegal wage deductions & accurate wage statements
- Unpaid wages & waiting time penalties for wages due
Additionally, other disputes that sometimes arise include whether an employee can waive the right to overtime pay, what rights employers have in requiring people to work overtime, whether employers can equalize overtime on a day-to-day basis, and problems with unauthorized overtime.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that protects the rights of workers by setting standards for employee compensation. Your employer is required to know how the FLSA applies to his or her business and to make sure all workers are paid according to the law. Your employer can’t create policies or agreements to “get around” FLSA requirements.
Do I have an Hourly Wage Dispute Lawsuit?
The Workplace & Environmental Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in hourly wage employment dispute lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Free Hourly Worker Wage Dispute Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has a wage dispute claim, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.