Minimum Wage Violations and Failure to Pay Overtime

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Labor laws establish the responsibilities and preserve the rights of workers, employers and their employees. These laws exist to protect workers from mistreatment by their employers. Unfortunately, some employers still try to take advantage of their employees by failing to pay minimum wage and overtime. If your employer refuses to pay you the minimum wage or overtime that you earned, experienced fair labor lawyers at the Locks Law Firm can help you recover any back wages and compensation to which you are entitled.

Minimum Wage

Federal minimum hourly wage standards were first established in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938, which is periodically amended to raise the minimum wage as the cost of living increases. Many states have also established higher minimum wages to account for higher local costs of living. At the Locks Law Firm, our experienced lawyers practice in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania can help you understand your legal rights to minimum wage under the fair labor laws.

Employers are legally bound to pay at least the minimum wage to eligible employees. If your employer does not pay the minimum wage, you should consult a fair labor lawyer to discuss the best way to defend your rights.


The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 established a standard 40-hour work week for most full-time employees. Non-exempt employees who work more than the established 40 hours are entitled to overtime pay at one-and-a-half times the normal wage. Since FLSA compliance represents an added expense to employers, some employers choose to ignore overtime pay requirements to save money.

Confusing, inadequate, or wholly absent record-keeping practices may also contribute to overtime law violations. In some cases, employers misclassify employees as exempt from overtime requirements when they should be paid overtime. Representing employees in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and across the country, overtime and fair labor lawyer from the Locks Law Firm can help you sort through the legal process and determine your legal rights.

If your employer has failed to pay you overtime wages, you have a limited time to act. There is a statute of limitations of two years on such overtime violations, after which you may be unable to claim compensation. Please contact the New Jersey, New York or Pennsylvania offices of the Locks Law Firm to speak with an overtime and fair labor lawyer. Fair labor practices include overtime pay as required under the FLSA. A lawyer from the Locks Law Firm can help you if you are owed money for overtime work.

Representative Cases

Caprarola v. Wells Fargo - Class action alleging Illegal deductions taken from employee pay to cover marketing expenses.

Stillman v. Staples - Jury verdict of $2,460,650.61 for a class of 342 Staples employees finding Defendant willfully failed to pay overtime.

Staples MDL - Settlement of $42 million on behalf of a nationwide class of Staples employees for failure to pay overtime.

Contact a Locks Law Firm Fair Labor and Wage and Hour Lawyer

If you have been the victim of a labor law violation of any kind, you need expert help as quickly as possible. Representing employees in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and across the country, contact a Locks Law Firm wage and hour and fair labor lawyer today to schedule a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation.

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