There are a number of regulations in place that are designed to protect workers in the United States. Some of these regulations were put forward with the intent of keeping the workplace safe; others with ensuring workers are fairly compensated.
A case out of Houston provides an example of a potential violation of fair compensation practices. More specifically, the case involves allegations of wage-and-hour violations.
What happened in this case? The case involves two men working with an auto repair shop. The men claim that their employer failed to properly compensate them for the hours they worked. According to the allegations, the men worked over the regular 40 hour work week and were not compensated properly for the hours they worked as overtime.
How are these allegations a violation of the law? In some cases, workers who work over 40 hours per week qualify for overtime compensation. This compensation is generally different than the compensation received during a standard workweek.
Essentially, the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to provide compensation for overtime work. This is to be paid at "a rate not less than one and one-half [the workers] regular rates of pay."
Will this case be successful? If the workers can establish that they did work over 40 hours per week, were not properly compensated and that their employer did not meet an exception to this rule, the case will likely succeed.
What remedies are available to those in similar situations? These workers could receive a monetary award for back wages. Depending on the details of the case, additional monetary awards could also apply.
Those in similar situations may also be eligible for similar remedies. Contact an experienced lawyer to review your case and discuss your options.