Host Gibson Vance welcomes fellow Beasley Allen attorney Lance Gould to discuss the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and how it affects Alabama’s workforce. Enacted toward the end of the Great Depression, the Fair Labor Standards Act was created to ensure that workers would receive a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. Although the federal law was formed more than 75 years ago, Gould still sees violations of this act take place in today’s workforce. FLSA was used to help bring down the unemployment rate, which was high at the time before enactment. Also, FLSA requires overtime to be paid at time-and-a-half for all hours worked typically more than 40 hours a week for non-exempt employees. Lawsuits involving FLSA seek recovery for unpaid or underpaid back wages, plus double damages and attorney fees. The protection under FLSA allows an employee to complain or consult their employer regarding this act without retaliation. Known as whistleblowers, these employees bring their employer’s fraudulent or corrupt actions to the government’s knowledge and are similarly protected under federal law.
December 10, 2013