Wage & Hour Claims
There are several federal and state laws that protect employees against wage theft. Some of these laws include the following:
- FLSA. The Fair Labor Standards Act establishes a national minimum hourly wage, establishes certain protections against child labor, and requires employees who are not exempt from coverage to be paid a premium wage for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours a week.
- IMWA. The Illinois Minimum Wage Act establishes a state minimum hourly wage and mandates that covered employees be paid an overtime premium for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours a week.
- IWPCA. The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act requires employers to pay employees the wages they agreed to pay them and also requires employers to pay departing employees their final wages within certain time frames. The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act further requires employers to pay employees for all accrued but unused vacation time when they resign or are fired.
This is only a brief description of the laws protecting employees from wage theft. If you think you may have been subjected to unlawful treatment with respect to your wages, you should consult with an attorney.