As a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) lawyer in Washington, DC, we advocate aggressively for our clients. The Fair Labor Standards Act enacted minimum wage requirements, overtime pay standards, and youth employment rules. It affects all businesses, both large and small. The FLSA mandates that if an employee works in excess of 40 a week, his/her employer must compensate him/her time and a half for each extra hour unless the employee is exempt. If you have worked in excess of 40 hours a week and have not received appropriate overtime pay, you should consult a FLSA lawyer. Sometimes employers mistakenly believe that an employee is exempt from receiving overtime. For an employee to be considered exempt, each of the following must be met:
If you are an employee and are unsure if your position is exempt, contact an FLSA lawyer in Washington, DC.
In addition to regulating overtime pay, the FLSA also mandates that all employees must receive a minimum wage of at least $7.25 per hour. Sometimes employers ask employees to complete work-related tasks “off the clock.” This is a violation of the FLSA. If your employer requires you to complete work “off the clock”, contact an FLSA lawyer to determine if you have a claim. The only exception to these minimum wage rules are employees who receive tips. Those employees must receive pay of at least $2.13 per hour. And, the FLSA requires that an employee’s wages and tips must equal at least $7.25 an hour. Many tipped employees do not realize this and do not receive adequate pay-meaning that combining tips and $2.13 an hour, they are not receiving a total of $7.25 per hour. If you are a tipped employee and your wages and tips do not equal at least minimum wage, call an FLSA lawyer in Washington, DC for guidance.
If you believe your employer has violated the FLSA by not compensating you appropriately, you need not fear retaliation for raising the issue with your employer or reaching out to an FSLA lawyer. In fact, employers that fire employees or even disrupt the workplace as a result of pending FLSA claims are in violation of the FLSA and may be required to pay damages as a result. The first step in determining if there has been a violation and you have a case is to contact a Washington, DC FLSA lawyer right away.
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