The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is federal legislation that outlines requirements all employers in the country must follow. A few of these requirements include the minimum wage and overtime pay employees must receive, as well as the record-keeping standards employers must follow. Unfortunately, not all employers in Ohio comply with the law. When that is the case, employees should speak to an Akron FLSA collective action attorney that can help them hold their employer accountable.
Unfortunately, when an employer denies one employee their rights, it is likely they are treating other employees in a similar unfair manner. When this is the case, the group of employees can take collective action. A collective action is one claim that allows several employees to join and take action, rather than filing numerous individual claims. Federal law allows employees to file a collective action so they can recover the wages they and other employees have been denied. Bringing a collective action is one option employees have, although they can also file their own claim under the Act.
Many employees do not know whether they should file a collective action, or file their own claim. No one can determine this without first fully examining the facts of your case. This is one reason it is so important to speak to an experienced FLSA lawyer as soon as possible. Claims involving wage and hour violations are extremely complex. A lawyer will explain the laws as they apply to your case, and advise on whether you should bring a collective action, or whether filing your own individual claim is appropriate.
Like most legal claims, you only have a limited amount of time to file a FLSA collective action claim. The statute of limitations, or time limit, on filing these claims is two years from the date of the violation. If you do not file your claim within this timeframe, you will likely forfeit your right to recover the wages you are rightfully owed. To many people, two years sounds like a long time. Unfortunately, it is not. Prior to filing your claim, a lawyer will need to investigate the circumstances surrounding your employment and wages, and they will need to determine whether you should file a collective action or an individual claim. This is another reason you should speak to a FLSA lawyer as soon as possible so they can get started on your claim.
When your employer has violated your rights and not paid you the appropriate wages you deserve, our Akron collective action attorneys at Coffman Legal, LLC, are here to help. We know how to hold employers accountable for their actions and will help you recover the full wages you deserve. Call us today at (614) 949-1181 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation and to learn more about how we can assist with your case.