Although companies are legally prohibited from retaliating against workers that file lawsuits against them, most employees still fear backlash from their employer, if they file a lawsuit. Another big reason workers don’t bring legal action against their employers is they simply aren’t aware of all the rights granted to them by the law.
Keeping track of both state and federal labor laws can get confusing, but it is every employer’s responsibility to make sure they are abiding by all relevant labor laws. For example, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets a minimum wage that employees must be paid. It also defines overtime as all time spent working after eight hours a day and/or forty hours a week.
Under the FLSA, all employees are entitled to one and one-half times their normal hourly wage for all overtime worked. Some employees can be classified as exempt from overtime, but the FLSA is very specific about the types of employees that can qualify for the exemption. Continue reading