There is extensive wage theft in the distribution and manufacturing sector because these types of companies have an interest in pursuing the competitive drive to create and deliver to market products that are less costly than their competitors’ prices. Employers increasingly control wage costs by creating illegal schemes to pay employees in violation of federal and state wage laws is wage theft.
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The Fair Labor Standards Act, or the FLSA, establishes the wage protections on a federal level. This act defines what activities constitute “work” and therefore must be paid regardless if you are clocked in or not. It sets out how to calculate overtime pay and regulations regarding record keeping, as well as guidelines for exemptions based on a variety of factors, such as job title, pay rate, and duration of a position. Finally, the FLSA sets out the federal minimum wage rate. The FLSA is the minimum protection that your employer must follow.
The FLSA sets out specific regulations for the manufacturing industry. First and foremost, federal minimum wage and overtime laws apply to employees who work in manufacturing and are non-exempt.
Second, there is a unique FLSA requirement to the manufacturing industry called the youth minimum wage. This amendment lets employers pay employees under the age of 20 a minimum wage no lower than $4.25/hour for their first 90 days of employment. There is an additional protection that prevents employers from taking advantage of this guideline by stopping the employer from replacing employees with individuals who would qualify for the youth minimum wage. You can find more information here.
If you have been employed in these sectors and believe that you have experienced wage violations, you may be eligible to file a claim against your employer. Send us an email or call us at 800-274-5297.
No, you cannot be fired for speaking with an experienced Fair Labor Standards Act/Wage & Hour attorney.
A lawsuit can help employees reclaim their unpaid wages.
If you believe that you have been affected by these practices, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 800-274-5297 for more information.
Every state has a different minimum wage. Federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour. To check your state’s minimum pay rate, you can consult this map.
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