Surprise, Surprise: The Federal Government Cheats It’s Workers, Too!
OVER $400 MILLION
IN RECOVERED WAGES
85 YEARS OF
Just because the government enforces the law, doesn’t mean it always holds itself to the same standard to which it holds other employers. Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) paid millions of dollars to settle claims alleging it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by not paying thousands of its employees for “off-the-clock” overtime hours.
Under the FLSA, ALL employers – the government included – are legally required to pay covered non-exempt employees at least 1.5 times their standard wage for each hour worked over 40 hours each work week.
This includes counting as time worked:
• Before you clock in for your shift
• During uncompensated meal breaks
• After you clock out for the day
• Off-the-clock work performed out of the office – whether at home or another location
• Off-the-clock tasks performed on smart phones, tablets, laptops and other electronic devices
It is also against the law for your employer to retaliate against you for claiming your proper compensation. This means an employer may not take any negative action against you if you claim your back-pay.
Does any of this sound all too familiar to you? If you are a government employee and believe that your employer has violated your FLSA rights, contact us today at the Shavitz Law Group. Don’t let the government keep what is rightfully yours!