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Federal and state wage laws help protect Missouri workers

Many Missouri workers are lucky to have steady employment with compassionate and decent bosses and supervisors. However, some workers may not be paid fairly or may have employers who fail to comply with existing state or federal wage laws.

Our attorneys stand ready to do battle for your rights. We represent clients in Missouri and Kansas who are being exploited and treated unfairly on the job so that they can receive every dollar to which they are entitled.

Some ways in which workers get the short end of the stick on the job are when employers misclassify their employees to avoid having to pay them for overtime. An example of this would be when an employer or supervisor gives a worker a title of manager in name only. The so-called manager is operating a cash register, making sandwiches or stocking shelves and yet is ineligible for overtime pay.

Other problems could arise from violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The FLSA applies to most public and private employment. It requires companies to pay eligible workers no less that the federal minimum wage and overtime pay of one-and-a-half times their regular pay rate. It also governs the standards of wages dispute over overtime falls under this umbrella.

Also covered under the FLSA are laws regarding working minors. It mandates the maximum number of hours that children under 16 can work and prohibits minors from working at certain jobs that are considered too hazardous.

Some employers don't want to pay their employees for the time they spend doing necessary preparation and clean-up. They essentially expect them to do this for free. Still others require employees to work through their lunch hours or during scheduled break times. This is tolerated by the employees because complaining could result in termination.

If you are tired of being taken advantage of by your employer and decide you want to get what you are legally entitled to receive for your labor, we can help you fight for justice and adequate compensation.

Source: Holman Schiavone LLC, "Kansas City Wage Laws Lawyer" Sep. 10, 2014

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