Recently Jules Van Rengen, an official from the Department of Labor reminded a group of immigrants about the importance of reporting unfair labor practices immediately.
One worker complained that his paychecks bounced repeatedly – and he continued to work. His employer filed for bankruptcy and he never received his wages.
Most employees – including immigrant workers – are protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA guarantees minimum wage, overtime pay as well as other protections to most non-exempt workers.
While many good employers are out there, Van Rengen notes they’re “not the ones we have to worry about…The ones we … worry about are the ones who end up concealing, intimidating, and terminating if you don’t agree with their philosophy.” Further wage theft – denying workers the wages they are due – is on the rise as jobs become scarcer and employees are more desperate.
The best way to stop this practice is to report it – such as by contacting a skilled wage and hour attorney who can look into your possible claims.
If you believe your employer is taking advantage of you, not paying you what you are entitled to or treating your unfairly, please contact the Atlanta employment rights lawyers The Buckley Law Firm, LLC to discuss your situation.
We are dedicated to ensuring all employees are treated fairly and justly and have years of experience helping workers get all the pay they are entitled to.