Wage & Hour

The 2008 recession had a powerful impact on the job market, prompting many companies to conduct massive workforce layoffs. As a result, competition in the job market has become more intense. Many employers, seeking ways to reduce their costs, have reduced hours or reclassified their employees to avoid the necessity for overtime payments. However, in some cases, these business decisions may violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Just as employers have the right to expect that work is completed, employees have the right to receive full, fair, and timely compensation for their work. When employers fail to pay workers the full compensation they are entitled to receive, employees can take legal action.

Because wage and hour issues involve a number of state and federal laws, resolving compensation issues can be challenging. The lawyers at Mays & Kerr work with both employers and employees to resolve wage and hour and wage theft disputes.

The most common complaints related to wage and hour claims relate to:

  • Individual and collective actions
  • Overtime
  • Minimum wage
  • Misclassification of salaried employees and independent contractors
What is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)?

The FLSA is a federal law that governs employment issues related to wage and hour requirements. This law has been interpreted broadly so that it applies to virtually all companies. The FLSA created minimum wage and overtime requirements for all eligible employees. The Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor investigates and enforces wage and hour and wage theft claims.

Our Experienced Lawyers Represent Both Businesses and Employees

If you believe your employer owes you money in violation of the FLSA, contact a lawyer at Mays & Kerr to discuss your situation. We are experienced in handling claims related to the FLSA, and we can help you secure the compensation to which you are entitled. If your employer has willfully violated the FLSA, you may also be entitled to additional damages. Whether you have been misclassified, denied overtime pay, or wrongfully denied compensation to which you were entitled, we can help.

If you are an employer, we can help you avoid a wage and hour lawsuit. We can help you ensure that you are properly classifying your employees according to their actual job functions and minimize your chances of a costly wage theft dispute. Employment law is constantly evolving, and it is important that you comply with all applicable laws. Having an experienced employment attorney by your side can help you ensure that you implement airtight policies and procedures to avoid legal action and liability.

The lawyers at Mays & Kerr represent clients in wage and hour disputes, as well as other FLSA violations. We help individuals and businesses across Georgia and Tennessee with employment law concerns.