The Federal Government created wage and hour
laws to protect workers so that they receive fair compensation for work done. Federal law under the
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wages and overtime pay, which is time and a half for
work done over 40 hours per week. Many states set their own minimum wage
rates, which differ from the national minimum wage standard, though Texas
automatically uses the federal minimum wage rate.
The Houston employment law attorneys of Farah Law represent clients in
wage and hour cases to recover back pay, attorney fees, and other damages
that have been wrongfully denied.
Protecting Your Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
In an effort to regulate wages and hours, the U.S. Congress passed the
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Wages are payment for work done on a specified basis, such as the following:
If your employer fails to pay you based on the rates covered by your employment
contract, or does not pay overtime and you are not subject to an FLSA
exemption, then you can pursue back wages that extend as far back as three years. You can also recover lawyer fees and other monetary damages.
Examples of Wage and Hour Violations
Any number of situations can be classified as employer violations of wage
and hour regulations, including the following:
Failing to pay time and a half for each hour worked over 40 hours / week
Failing to pay overtime for commissions when working over 40 hours / week
Reducing pay for lunch breaks when employees took no break
Failing to pay for the time it takes an employee to change into a uniform
or protective equipment
Failing to pay for work done for the job at home (e.g. phone calls, computer
work, or other actions)
Failing to pay for on-the-job training
Failing to allot time during the workday to study for training tests and
not paying for study time spent off the job
Not paying for time spent "on call"
Not paying salaried workers for overtime when the work does not meet supervisory
or non-manual work standards
Incorrectly classifying a worker as an independent contractor in order
to cut costs
Failing to pay for work breaks that are less than 20 minutes long
Not paying for work done before or after a shift
If it appears that your employer is making paycheck deductions that violate
wage and hour agreements or federal laws, consult an Houston employment
lawyer from our firm.