The FLSA mandates that nearly all employees be compensated one and one-half times their regular rate of pay for all hours they work in excess of 40 hours per week. There are also state wage and hour laws that provide similar protections and that forbid certain deductions from employees’ compensation. While these laws protect employees' rights, employers still attempt to evade their legal obligations in order to maximize company profits. If your employer has denied you compensation or overtime pay, you may have grounds for a wage claim under federal and/or state wage laws.
Filing a wage or overtime claim may be easier than you think and the damages for the unpaid compensation may add up quicker than you imagined. Our firm handles wage claims across the country and has the experience and resources necessary to successfully handle class/collective action wage and hour lawsuits. We have litigated against some of the nation’s largest companies and many fortune 500 companies. We wish to help you receive any unpaid wages you are owed.
Most employees do not know about or understand their legal rights concerning how they should be paid. You need experienced counsel to help you recover what you are owed. The FLSA permits employees to recover two years of unpaid overtime compensation (or up to three years of unpaid overtime compensation if the employers’ failure to pay compensation was willful). Additionally, in many cases, the FLSA and other overtime laws permit employees to recover liquidated damages, double the amount of unpaid overtime compensation due to the employees. In the event that an employee successfully litigates an FLSA claim, the law requires that the employer pay the employee’s attorney fees and costs in addition to his/her unpaid compensation. Even a mere fifteen minutes of unpaid compensation per day can add up to a substantial dollar amount quickly when considering the period for which unpaid wages may be recovered and that the amount of damages is doubled.
The FLSA and state wage and hour laws also permit employees to bring unpaid overtime lawsuits on behalf of the employees themselves and all other like employees (those employees that are “similarly situated”) for recovery of their unpaid wages. This type of action is commonly known as a collective/class action. When cases proceed forward on a collective/class basis, they may become extremely costly to employers.