Employers routinely fail to comply with Federal and State wage and hour, overtime and minimum wage laws. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that requires employers to compensate employees a minimum wage and further requires employers to compensate workers at an overtime rate of time and one-half their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. Additionally, Florida has a minimum wage law and other laws that protect employees when companies fail to pay employees for all hours worked.
Wage and Hour Matters
The wage and hour attorneys at Florin Gray Bouzas Owens are committed to ensuring that Florida employees are paid legally and that employers follow Federal and State wage and hour, overtime and minimum wage laws. Among the variety of wage and hour matters that we handle, these are the most common:
- Unpaid Overtime
- Off-the-clock work (rest and meal breaks, preliminary and “postliminary” work)
- Misclassification (exempt vs. non-exempt): simply because an employer pays an employee a salary does not necessarily mean that the employee is not entitled to overtime compensation
- Improper classification as independent contractor: it is very common for employers to characterize a worker as an independent contractor when the worker is considered an employee of the company under the law
- Unpaid wages, including bonuses and commissions
- Improper calculation of overtime rates
- Minimum wage violations
- Tipped employees (improper tip pooling and tip sharing, i.e. managers improperly sharing in employee tip pools)
Wage and hour violations often impact a class of individuals because employers often treat all of their employees a certain way or treat a particular job category the same. In these situations, the best way for workers to change their employer’s pay practices is to bring a class action or collective action lawsuit. The attorneys at Florin Gray Bouzas Owens have litigated class action and collective action wage and hour/overtime cases against large call centers, big banks, debt collection agencies, the telecommunications industry, large parking/valet companies, diagnostic testing firms, soft drink corporations, and many others. Class actions and collective actions can seem intimidating at first, but the attorneys at Florin Gray Bouzas Owens are committed to making the process smooth and easy to understand.
Overtime Lawyers at Florin Gray Bouzas Owens
Please know that there are several requirements and protections under our Federal and State wage and hour, overtime and minimum wage laws. To learn more about the Fair Labor Standards Act, you can visit the Department of Labor’s website.