CARLE PLACE, NY — A new fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division offers information about the prohibition of retaliating against any employee who has filed a complaint or cooperated in an investigation, according to lawyers at Leeds, Morelli & Brown LLP, the Long Island law firm.
The division administers and enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act, the federal law that regulates wages and hours of work for many employers. Under the law, all covered nonexempt employees must be paid at least federal minimum wage for all hours worked and must receive overtime pay at one and one half times the regular rate for all hours worked over 40 in a work week.
Moreover, the FLSA protects workers who have alleged that their employers violated the law and prohibits employers from discharging or in any other manner discriminating against an employee because the employee filed a complaint, instituted a proceeding under or relating to the FLSA, testified or will testify in any such proceeding, or has served or is about to serve on an industry committee.
“If you’ve filed a claim against your employer and feel that you are the subject of retaliation, you may file a retaliation complaint with the Wage and Hour Division or you may file a private law suit seeking reinstatement, lost wages, and an additional damages,” said Jeffrey K. Brown, a partner at Leeds Morelli & Brown.
“Unfortunately, these unlawful acts occur, but employees must be aware that they have legal remedies,” said Lenard Leeds, a partner at Leeds Morelli & Brown.
The new government fact sheet can be found online at: http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs77a.htm
To speak to an attorney about your employer’s failure to comply with the FLSA, contact the employment law specialists at Leeds, Morelli & Brown at 1-800-585-4658 for a free consultation.
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