Minimum Wage Violations

Federal minimum wage law and individual state laws generally require employers to pay a minimum wage per hour. The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), a federal law, requires certain employers to pay a minimum wage per hour to their employees. Many states also have a minimum wage law and, generally, if there is any difference in the federal rate and the state rate, the worker is entitled to whichever rate is higher.

The following is a list of the federal minimum wage over the past three years:

  • 2009 – Present: $7.25/hour (Effective July 24, 2009)
  • 2008 – 2009: $6.55/hour (Effective July 24, 2008)
  • 2007 – 2008: $5.85/hour (Effective July 24, 2007)

Examples of possible minimum wage violations:

  • Your employer requires you to perform duties before you clock in or after you clock out, resulting in unpaid wages.
  • You are expected to perform some tasks during your breaks or your unpaid breaks are often interrupted.
  • Your employer makes deductions from your pay for “mistakes” or damage to your employer’s property.
  • Your have unpaid wages because your paycheck bounces when you try to cash it.
  • Although your total pay for a workweek is higher than the minimum wage multiplied by the number of hours that you worked, you were paid less than the minimum wage for a portion of the hours you worked.

Do you believe that an employer denied you full compensation according to federal minimum wage law or the minimum wage law in your state? If you were not paid at least minimum wage for all of your hours worked, or if you have other questions about other unpaid wages which may be owed to you, CONTACT US today.