Employers are required by law to pay their workers fair wages for every hour they work. It may seem like an obvious rule, but not every employer knows it or is willing to comply with it.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay time-and-a-half when an hourly employee works more than 40 hours in a week. West Virginia employees whose bosses take advantage of them may have options for reclaiming those unpaid wages.

Wage theft can lead to huge fines

Workers at a CBD oil processing factory in a different state are seeking compensation from their employer who allegedly committed wage theft in several ways. The employees claim they were told the company did not pay overtime no matter how many hours they worked.

The workers routinely worked as long as 18 hours a day and as many as 60 hours a week. These extra hours counted as paid time off at their regular pay rate. Their unpaid wages could add up to hundreds of hours of overtime that the employer did not pay them.

Additionally, the employees’ complaint says that they were required to work off the clock. After clocking out, they had to meet with the incoming shift to brief them. When they arrived for their daily shifts, they could not clock in until after their morning briefing. Mandatory weekly meetings were also apparently held off the clock.

Know your rights

Failing to pay overtime, keep records of employee hours or compensate workers for all time worked are all violations of the FLSA. West Virginia employees should understand their rights under this law.

An experienced attorney can provide answers and guidance to those dealing with unpaid wages and other related issues.