Wage and hour laws protect employees from unfair employment practices pursuant to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Among other things, the FLSA requires that most non-exempt employees be paid an hourly wage of at least time and a half for hours worked that exceed 40 per week or eight (8) per day. Non-exempt employees are those employees whose salaries are determined by an hourly wage. Exempt employees are salaried employees who receive a monthly wage that is divided into pay periods.
Unfortunately, many employers disregard FLSA requirements in the interest of profits and great worker productivity. If your FLSA rights have been violated, you may wish to pursue legal action against your employer. If your employer violates your wage and hour rights under the FLSA, it could be liable for any outstanding wages, as well as penalties up to twice the amount of your unpaid wages, along with any attorney’s fees involved in pursuing your claim.
Since many companies are habitual and repeat offenders of FLSA obligations, some wage and hour claims are more appropriately pursued as a class action lawsuit in order to protect the rights of several employees.
Common Wage and Hour Violations
The FLSA provides a number of requirements and obligations on employers, but some of the most common wage and hour violations include:
- Overtime compensation violations
- Minimum wage violations
- Break violations
- Illegally classifying an employee as an independent contractor
- Pre-shift and post-shift work time
- Improper paycheck deductions
- Salaried employees improperly required to work more than 40 hours per week
What to Do If You Are the Victim of Wage and Hour Violations
If your wage and hour rights have been violated, you should promptly contact a knowledgeable employment attorney. The Chicago wage and hour attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC concentrate on representing employees who are the victims of wage and hour violations. Moreover, we are experienced class action attorneys who understand the complex legal procedures that are involved with pursuing wage and hour class action claims.
As a result of our experience, we are able to assess whether the claims are best pursued as an individual lawsuit or as a class action lawsuit in order to protect other employees’ rights as well.
Employers are further prohibited from retaliating against employees who assert their employment rights through legal action, such as asserting wage and hour claims, whistleblower claims, and workers’ compensation claims. We will ensure that you are not the victim of employer retaliation and, if you are, we will promptly take legal action.
If you suspect that you have been the victim of wage and hour violations or other FLSA violations, time is of the essence. The skilled Chicago workers’ rights lawyers at Ankin Law Office can help evaluate your potential claims and advocate on your behalf in order to get you the compensation you are owed.
Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago class action attorneys to discuss your wage and hour violations.