Have you ever been denied overtime pay? Been paid less than what is required by law by an employer? Has your employer told you that you are an “independent contractor” but you must still adhere to all work times and policies as employees?
Your employer may be in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was passed in 1938 to provide for the establishment of fair labor standards in employments. The FLSA sets mandatory minimum wage rates and requires that most employees -classified as “non-exempt” – receive overtime pay for each hour worked over 40 in a single workweek. Under the FLSA it is the employer’s obligation to keep time and pay records for all employees.The FLSA also requires that employees be paid for any time spent working for the benefit of an employer, whether that compensable time is done on the work premises or not, it must be paid and prohibits “off the clock” work.
Employees who were illegally refused overtime, underpaid or misclassified as either exempt or independent contractor may be able to file suit against their employer. You as a non-exempt employee have rights protected by the FLSA:
If you are involved in a dispute with your employer, your decision to hire an attorney or pursue the matter alone can have a direct impact on whether your employment rights are ultimately protected. Most large companies have more resources than their employees. The company may already have legal counsel. That can give your employer an unfair advantage over you.
Make sure you have the legal information you need. Contact the experienced labor attorneys at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer. We can explore your case to see if your rights have been violated. We can also address any questions you may have regarding retaliation by your employer – which is strictly prohibited by the FLSA.
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