The Fair Labor Standards Acts or the Wages and Hours Bill outlines a national minimum wage, a maximum 44 hour seven day workweek, a guaranteed time and a half for overtime in certain jobs and a promise of equality, fairness and respect in the workplace. The Fair Labor Standards Act must be followed by all employers. It was drafted by Senator Hugo Black in 1932 and put into place in 1938.
The Fair and Labor Standards Act was originally put into place for several different reasons. One of the reasons was to ensure that children were protected and to demolish child labor. Another reason was to establish a national minimum wage and to ensure that employees had adequate time off.
FLSA Protection and Amendments
The Fair Labor Standards Act is one of the most important legislations passed as it protects all workers’ rights. Some of the various amendments to the fair Labor Standard Acts over the years include:
- The Equal Pay Act (1963) – ensured that men and women receive the same pay for the same work.
- The Age Discrimination Act (1967) – prohibited employment discrimination against people over the age of forty and ensured that health benefits were not denied to anyone
- The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Workers Protection Act (1983) – designed to provide migrant and seasonal farm workers with protection
- Fair Minimum Wage Act (2007) – provided an increase of the federal minimum wage
- The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – allows breastfeeding mothers a place to nurse or express milk other than the bathroom and that they are able to break to express when needed
Even with the FLSA in place many employers still try to take advantage of their workers by offering them less than what they deserve because of their gender, by forcing them to consistently work overtime and by paying them less than the minimum wage. It is important that every individual understands their legal rights and that if you are concerned about your mistreatment in the workplace, that you contact a Minneapolis employment law attorney to discuss your situation.
Minneapolis Discrimination Lawyer
Duane Johnson has over 25 years in employment law and has helped countless clients across Minnesota with their employment problems, from discrimination in the workplace to sexual harassment and wrongful termination. Contact the Law Office of Duane Johnson on 612-529-6041 to discuss the matter and determine the best plan of action.