Wage and Hour Law
Congress and the state governments have set laws by which employers must abide regarding payment of wages to employees. The Fair Labor Standards Act sets the minimum standards for paying employees.
The FLSA requires (1) payment of at least the minimum wage to all employees (although employees who receive tips and some student employees can be paid less than minimum wage under certain circumstances), and (2) payment of overtime at a rate of at least one-and-one-half times the employee's regular pay rate for each hour worked after an employee has worked forty hours in a work week, unless the employee is exempt from overtime. A separate law, the Equal Pay Act, requires employers to pay employees the same for similar work, regardless of sex. In other words, a company can't pay female employees less than it pays male employees or vice-versa for performing the same work. Employees who are not paid properly can recover their lost wages as well as "liquidated damages" equal to their actual losses in some cases.
These provisions are frequently violated. Employees are often required to perform off-the-clock work for which they are not paid or required to work more than forty hours without being paid for overtime.
If you have not been paid properly, call attorney Wes Sullenger at (270) 443-9401 so we can evaluate your case and discuss what we can do to help you.