Amazon is one of the fastest growing companies with an attractive starting wage for its workers. In spite of this, there have been several complaints regarding poor working conditions and unpaid work time. Federal wage and hour laws help ensure that workers here in West Virginia and elsewhere receive the pay to which they are entitled. When employers violate those laws, workers have the right to seek an appropriate remedy.
Many West Virginia employees and others around the nation have activities they must perform before or after their specified work shifts. For example, employees have to walk to and from their cars to get to their workplaces. This type of activity would not be considered as part of their principal work activities and would, therefore, not be compensated according to Department of Labor laws. However, some companies try to add other preliminary or postliminary activities to their staff members. One corporation in another state recently settled a lawsuit for unpaid work time involving activities before their employees' designated work times.
Many oil and gas workers and other employees here in West Virginia do a lot of driving in connection to their work. Are workers entitled to compensation for their travel time?