When you go to work, you trust that the pay you are receiving is accurate based on the hourly rate you earn and the number of hours you’ve worked. You may also assume that your employer is following applicable employment laws and treating all employees fairly. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and employers do not adhere to all applicable state and federal employment laws.
As an employee, it is critical to know and understand your rights. This will help you determine if you are experiencing a violation due to the actions of your employer, as well as how you should move forward. In addition to fair pay, you also have a right to leave and other benefits in specific situations. Employers are accountable for adhering to the laws and respecting employees at every level of their company operations.
What does the Fair Labor Standards Act mean for you?
The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal law that outlines requirements regarding hourly wages, medical leave, pay practices and more. The specific ways that the FLSA can impact you could depend on your specific role, your employment categorization and more. Issues covered by the FLSA include the following:
- Overtime — According to the FLSA, non-exempt employees are eligible for pay of at least 1.5 times the rate of their normal wage for any hours worked over the standard 40 hours per week.
- Minimum wage — The FLSA requires employers to pay at least the current standard federal minimum wage, but the employer has the option to pay a higher hourly rate.
- Recordkeeping — The FLSA requires that employers display a sign that explains the rights provided by the FLSA to employees. They must also keep accurate records regarding hours worked and pay.
If you believe that you experienced a violation of your rights according to the FLSA, you do not have to remain silent. It is possible you have grounds to pursue justice by filing a claim against your employer.
Know your rights and legal options
It is helpful for every employee to know and understand his or her rights. When employers violate wage and labor laws, it can negatively impact employees and affect their pay. You may benefit from speaking with a professional about your concerns and what your options may include if you are the victim of unfair or illegal practices in your California workplace.