Welcome to the Workers Rights Legal Center
U.S. laws provide a host of legal protections, and workers’ rights are some of the most important. Here at the Workers Rights Legal Center, our specialists are dedicated to ensuring that these protections are maintained for all. We offer our expert legal advice on a range of labor issues. We also provide comprehensive information about the complex legalities of federal and state laws. And, most importantly, we work with our clients to claim any compensation to which they are entitled.
Here are some of the services we offer at Workers-Rights.org:
- We help ensure that workers are paid the wages they are owed. This might be through back pay or fines against employers who have violated workers’ wage rights.
- We help identify illegal deductions made by employers and aggressively help our clients seek reimbursement.
- We strive to make sure that our clients are fairly compensated for any unpaid overtime work.
- Free case evaluation for workers that have questions about their legal rights.
Employment & Labor Laws
U.S. labor laws are made up of both state and federal mandates. They address physical protections and issues of discriminatory practices. Working conditions, hourly wages, overtime rates – all are governed by a diverse collection of laws that protect workers.
Employee Rights and The Fair Labor Standards Act
In 1938, U.S. workers were granted one of the most important legal protections envisioned by Washington. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was designed to prevent unfair labor practices. Among its many protections, the act set minimum-wage standards, safeguarded children from being exploited as free labor, and even established overtime-pay concepts.
Common Wage Violations
There can be an array of wage violations made by employers, but three general violations stand out: the failure to properly pay overtime, the failure to pay the correctly mandated minimum-wage rates, and illegal deductions.
On overtime pay, the law is fairly straightforward across most hourly-based occupations: Any work performed beyond 40 hours in one week is eligible for overtime pay. There are a few exceptions, such as those dealing with service-industry employees and some healthcare workers.
When it comes to minimum wage, non-exempt workers are entitled to $7.25 an hour under the FLSA, though 18 states have adopted laws to give workers a higher minimum wage.
Finally, some employers make illegal deductions from wages. These deductions might be for anything from uniforms to tools. However, the law is clear, and deductions cannot reduce wages to the extent that they fall below the minimum rate required by the mandates of the FLSA.
How do I file a Wage Violation Lawsuit?
If an employee believes a violation has occurred, he or she must first determine the state’s statute of limitations so the initial deadline is not missed. Consider, for example, minimum-wage violations in the state of Florida. Employees here have a longer statute of limitations – up to four years – to file a lawsuit. And if the court determines that the employer is willful in its actions, that deadline even can be extended.
Clearly, laws are in place to protect workers’ rights, and understanding these varied laws can mean the difference between fair and unfair treatment. For a free consultation, fill out the free case evaluation, or call us toll free at 855-MIN-WAGE.