Many people worry that with the change in presidency and the appointment of the new labor secretary Andrew Pudzer, many of the steps taken toward improving wage and hour laws will be eliminated. Pudzer, the CEO of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s fast food restaurants, has fought against minimum wage increases. His companies face several lawsuits alleging wage theft. He also has been a vocal opponent of changes to the salary threshold, which would entitle millions of Americans to overtime pay.
While many people are fearful concerning just what impact Pudzer may have on the Department of Labor, his appointment underscores the need to speak up if you believe you are not making what you are rightfully entitled to – such as not being paid overtime compensation when required or not being paid for all time worked.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protects against retaliation for complaining about potential violations. For more information or if you have questions concerning how the new administration will affect your wages, please contact the experienced Atlanta wage and hour lawyers at Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP for an immediate case evaluation.