The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that sets basic requirements for employers related to compliance with minimum wage laws, overtime laws, record-keeping, and more. While the FLSA is designed to ensure compliance with these laws and help protect employees against unfair workplace practices as such, employers don’t always satisfy requirements. When a single employee is impacted by an employer’s failure, they maintain the right to bring forth a claim independently; when a group of workers is impacted by an FLSA violation, though, the group can collectively bring forth an action. At the office of Coffman Legal, LLC, our Youngstown FLSA collective action attorneys can help.
The FLSA specifically requires employers to pay non-exempt employees at least the federal minimum wage, overtime pay at a rate of 1.5 times (time and a half) the employee’s regular rate of pay for any hours worked over 40, and places limits or restrictions on minors under the age of 18 working certain hours or certain occupations. An individual or a group of workers may have a claim under the FLSA if:
In its most basic sense, an FLSA collective action claim is a claim that is brought forth by a group of workers who have all had their rights breached under the FLSA by a single employer in a similar manner. Workers who are victims of FLSA violations have a right to bring forth a claim either individually or collectively. That being said, if multiple workers are impacted, bringing forth a claim collectively may send a more powerful message and have a greater chance of being successful. By filing an FLSA collective action claim, employees can seek back pay for denied wages, attorneys’ fees and legal costs, any other economic and noneconomic damages associated with the violation and expenses incurred by pursuing the claim. Punitive damages may also be available in some cases.
If you are the victim of an FLSA violation and think that others in your workplace may also be being denied the wages to which they’re entitled, you should speak to an attorney. At the office of Coffman Legal, LLC, our Youngstown FLSA collective action lawyer is happy to review your case free of charge and advise you on how best to proceed. Please call us directly or send us a message telling us more about your case using the intake form on our website.