Working to live is not an uncommon concept. Many workers in Tennessee and elsewhere rely on their job to make ends meet. In fact, some individuals put forth efforts to work overtime just so they can make more money each pay period. However, for some, this may not appear to be much more because an employer is not providing them with, “time and a half,” which is afforded to them through federal regulations for overtime pay. In these matters, it may be possible to report such a situation.
Wage and hour violations can come in many forms. In cases of overtime pay, this looks like an employer failing to properly compensate an employee for working beyond 40 hours in a workweek. Failing to meet the requirement of paying time and a half for overtime is considered wage theft.
When an employee suspects such a violation, this means that there has been a potential violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Reporting such a violation brings light to an individual’s situation; however, it could address a larger issue that may be ongoing with an employer.
Filing a complaint requires an employee to provide certain information. This includes their personal information, the employer’s information, the individual’s job title and job description, payment information, which includes amount paid, method of payment and how often, a description of the alleged violations and the dates of these violations. It is important to note that there is a statute of limitations is two years for a FLSA violation, thus, it is important to timely file this type of complaint.
For employees that are not properly compensated for the work they have done, this can be a complex employment law situation. For some, it can be intimidating to stand up against this. Thus, it is important for employees to understand their rights and the options afforded to them.