The Law Offices of Thomas More Holland want you to know that if you are fighting for fair wages, you are not alone.

In recent years, countless groups and individuals across the nation have been fighting for fair wages.  While some have had the support of unions or other organized groups to help them in their battle, many others have found themselves in the position of having to confront employers on their own about unfair wages.

fighting for fair wages8If you have been unfairly paid for the work you are doing, it is important to know that you are not alone.  There are laws and organizations in place to help you get the compensation that you deserve, as well as lawyers who are well versed in the Fair Labor Standards Act.  At the Law Offices of Thomas More Holland, we believe that the first step towards justice is understanding what your rights and resources are.

Your Right to Fair Wages

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Employment Standards Administration, Wage and Hour Division, “The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments.”  Under this Act, there are certain rights which you should be aware of, including:

  • Covered nonexempt workers are entitled to a minimum wage of not less than $7.25 per hour (effective July 24, 2009)
  • Tipped employees must be paid a minimum cash wage of $2.13 per hour, and if an employee’s tips and the employer’s cash wage does not equal the minimum hourly wage, the employer must make up the difference
  • Overtime pay at a time-and-a-half rate is required after 40 hours of work in a workweek
  • Employers must generally pay employees a cash wage or “facilities”, rather than “compensatory time”

In addition to these general rights, there are also a number of state-specific regulations, which address issues such as meal or rest breaks, tip pooling, and others.

Help Fighting For Fair Wages

If you have found any of the rights above, or others, violated, you may be wondering how to begin fighting for fair wages and who can help you in that process.  Although there are certain organizations available which may be able to help, often your best bet will be to work with a lawyer who has experience with the Fair Labor Standards Act. He or she can help you understand the laws which apply to your specific circumstances as well as representing you and your case.

For more information about fighting for fair wages with the Law Offices of Thomas More Holland, contact us today at (215) 839-3075.