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Practice Areas • Practices • Wage-and-hour (Fair Labor Standards Act)

Federal and state laws protect the right of workers to be fairly paid for their labor

The FLSA requires private employers to pay covered employees a minimum hourly wage. When these employees work more than 40 hours in a workweek, the FLSA demands that additional time be paid at least at one and one-half times the regular wage rate.

Yet the FLSA does not extend its protections to all employees. The law exempts many employees from the overtime-pay provisions—and possibly even the minimum-wage rules. Some examples of exempt employees include:

  • Executive, administrative, and professional employees
  • Outside-sales employees
  • Movie-theatre employees
  • Farmworkers, and
  • Highly compensated employees.

While the exemptions are too numerous and varied to list in detail, they are well-known and frequently used by employers to avoid their FLSA obligations—in many cases denying employees the pay to which they are legal entitled.

Ohio law offers similar minimum-wage and overtime protections but with some important variations. For instance, Ohio employees are entitled to a higher minimum-wage rate than what the FLSA offers—with the Ohio rate periodically increasing to keep pace with rising consumer prices. Employees who have suffered from unlawful wage practices may also pursue stronger remedies under Ohio law.

Contact the Chandra Law Firm LLC for help

If you think your employer has denied your right to fair pay, call The Chandra Law Firm LLC in Cleveland at 216-578-1700 to through this easy contact form. Our attorneys have handled these issues, including in complex collective-action cases, recovering money for our clients.

Making the right choice in legal representation can make the difference in whether you achieve a result that protects your legal rights and best interests.

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