Georgia FLSA Lawyers Asserting Your Rights
for Unpaid Overtime and Minimum Wage Violations
The Fair Labor Standards Act establishes a federal minimum wage and rules for overtime pay and child labor. The FLSA applies to both full-time and part-time workers in the private sector as well as federal, state and local government jobs. The act is administered by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Employers who are in violation of FLSA wage regulations can be held accountable for back pay and additional compensation to covered employees. At Feldman Morgado, P.A., you are represented by experienced wage and hour attorneys who can enforce your labor rights and recover wages that are owed to you.
Do You Have a Valid FLSA Claim?
We offer vigorous representation to workers in metro Atlanta area and surrounding North Georgia. Contact us today to arrange a free case evaluation.
The Fair Labor Standards Act
The federal Fair Labor Standards Act governs regular wages, overtime wages, wage and hour limits for children younger than age 16, and other aspects of labor. We handle claims under the FLSA relating to:
- Minimum wage — The federal minimum wage supersedes Georgia law in most cases, so virtually all Georgia workers are entitled to a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. There are limited exemptions for training period wages, for tipped employees and other scenarios.
- Unpaid overtime — Non-exempt workers are entitled to overtime pay at time-and-a-half, or 1.5 times the regular rate of pay, after 40 hours in a workweek. Executive, administrative, professional and outside sales employees are considered exempt, but many of those employees are misclassified and in fact are eligible for overtime.
The FLSA does not regulate every facet of employment and compensation. For example, private employers in Georgia are not required to provide:
- Meal or rest breaks
- Vacation time or holidays off
- Paid sick days
- Extra pay for night shifts, weekends or holidays
- Health insurance, disability insurance or any fringe benefits
- Discharge notice or reason for discharge
Liquidated Damages Under FLSA
If an employer has willfully failed to pay minimum wage or overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, you may be entitled to liquidated damages, also known as double damages. Liquidated damages means the total unpaid wages plus an amount equal to that award. In addition to this double back pay, a court may award attorney's fees for the expense of bringing the claim.
Other Employment Claims Relating to Pay
An employee may have claims under Georgia and federal employment discrimination laws if the employer discriminates against a person in a protected class in level of pay or any provision of the discretionary benefits listed above. In other words, all employees must be paid the same wage for equal work and if the employer provides benefits to some workers it must provide them to all.
Contact an Atlanta Fair Labor Standards Act Lawyer
Managing shareholder Mitchell Feldman is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and oversees our Atlanta office. He and his legal team invite you to contact us today for clarification of your FLSA rights or to discuss a claim against an Atlanta area employer for minimum wage or overtime violations. We offer a free, confidential consultation.