FLSA Attorney Cincinnati, Ohio
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments. Covered non-exempt workers are entitled to a minimum wage of not less than $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25. The Ohio minimum wage is $9.30. If you are an employee in Ohio, you must be paid the higher wage – $9.30 per hour.
The FLSA mandates that overtime pay at a rate not less than one and one-half times the regular rate of pay is required after 40 hours of work in a workweek.
As an employee, it can be helpful to understand that if you think your employer has violated standards set by the FLSA, you have options when it comes to pursuing legal action.
The Friedmann Firm, LLC is an Ohio-based law firm that focuses solely on employment law – including FLSA violations in Ohio. The FLSA lawyers in Cincinnati, Ohio understand the ins and outs of handling FLSA violations and are ready to fight to protect your rights as an individual and employee.
What is the Fair Labor Standards Act in Ohio?
The Fair Labor Standards Act establishes several employment standards including:
- Minimum wage
- Youth employment standards
- Overtime pay
The FLSA affords certain protections to certain covered employees. For example, covered non-exempt employees must receive overtime pay for any hours that have been worked over 40 hours per workweek at “a rate not less than one and one-half times the regular rate of pay.”
In regard to minimum wage, the federal minimum wage is set at $7.25 (effective as of July 24, 2009). Some state laws offer greater employee standards and protection, including a higher minimum wage. Should the state minimum wage be higher, employees are entitled to that higher minimum wage. In Ohio, since the state minimum wage is higher, employees must be paid that hourly rate as minimum wage.
Am I Protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act?
Protection under the FLSA is going to depend on whether you are an exempt employee or a non-exempt employee. For non-exempt employees, you will be covered by the FLSA and should receive overtime pay for all hours worked over 40 hours in a workweek. For exempt employees, you are not covered and you are not entitled to overtime pay. Whether you are exempt or non-exempt from the protections of the FLSA is a complex question and whether you are protected by the FLSA and entitled to overtime depends on your job duties, NOT your job title. Consult with an FLSA lawyer to discuss whether you should be paid overtime pursuant to the FLSA.
For an employee to be considered exempt, they usually need to meet the following conditions:
- They must usually be paid on a salary basis of at least $455 a week
- They must meet certain tests in relation to their job duties
Some possible exemptions under the FLSA include the professional exemption that applies to doctors, lawyers, and certified public accountants and the executive exemption that relates to job duties that are of an executive or managerial classification.
For non-exempt employees, who are protected under the FLSA, you are generally entitled to things such as overtime pay. Speaking with an FLSA lawyer in Cincinnati, Ohio can be a great way to thoroughly examine your job duties to see if you qualify as non-exempt.
What Can a Cincinnati FLSA Attorney Do for You?
As an employee, you deserve to be fairly compensated for things like the overtime pay that you earn.
Sometimes employers may unknowingly or knowingly classify employees as exempt when they are actually non-exempt and there may be poor record-keeping in relation to hours and wages. In cases where an employer has committed a violation of the FLSA in Ohio (i.e. they have knowingly misrepresented or reported things like overtime pay), an FLSA attorney can help.
With in-depth knowledge of the Fair Labor Standards Act in Ohio, the employment attorneys at The Friedmann Firm are here to explain your legal options if you are facing FLSA violations.
We can also help you keep track of and identify any kind of evidence that relates to your case including relevant communications, missed payments, and improperly recorded hours.
Connect With an FLSA Lawyer in Cincinnati, Ohio
The FLSA offers protections to certain employees and sometimes figuring out if you fall within those protections may seem a little daunting. That is where the Cincinnati FLSA attorneys with The Friedmann Firm come in. With our expertise and years of experience handling FLSA violation cases, we can help you determine if you are covered by the FLSA and how to move forward from there.
If you feel you are owed overtime pay or are not receiving minimum wage as outlined by the FLSA or Ohio state law, we can help answer any questions you may have.
Contact us online or over the phone at 614-610-9755 today to book a consultation with an FLSA lawyer from The Friedmann Firm, LLC.