Wage & Hour Disputes

Laws regarding wage and hour compensation are clear. Employers requiring employees to work overtime are required to pay the employee premium pay for the hours worked, with some limited exceptions. Under the Fair Labor Standards ACT (FLSA) employees must receive overtime pay for hours in excess of 40 in a workweek of at least one and one-half times regular pay.1

Topics covered by the U.S. Wage and Hour Division:2

  • Wages
  • Minimum wage
  • Overtime pay
  • Employee Misclassification
  • Hours Worked
  • Record Keeping
  • Deductions
  • Wage Garnishments
  • Family and Medical Leave
  • Break time for Nursing Mothers
  • Child Labor
  • Government Contracts
  • Immigration
  • Agricultural Employment
  • Special Employment
  • Lie Detector Tests


In a growing practice over recent years some employers attempt to cut costs by demanding more out of their employees, requiring them to work off the clock without compensation, enact tip pooling, refusing to pay wages, etc. Lawsuits regarding wage and hour class actions are on the rise as employees push back from those demands, relying on the protections guaranteed them under state and federal labor laws. Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of those rights. Many are often left to take on employers alone or in some cases do nothing at all.


If violations are detected, it is possible to recover back wages and other remedies assigned by the courts from employers who violate the law. The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor notes that 270,000 employees received back wages in 2013.3 A number of cases have been remedied through lawsuits and settlements.

Know your rights and refuse to be treated unfairly at your place of employment. Be compensated for your labor. Our team of knowledgeable attorneys can help you sort through your wage and hour complaint.

Workers who successfully brought such cases against employers over a variety of industries have received financial settlements. Millions of dollars have been recovered and awarded to workers each year. Below is a list of some of those industries:

  • Retail
  • Food service
  • Restaurants
  • Manufacturing
  • Technology

If you were forced to work overtime without compensation and believe you were the victim of this or other labor violations you may have the right to seek back pay from your employer. You do not have to do it alone.

Burke Harvey, LLC fights for the rights of workers involved in labor disputes. Please feel free to call us at 205-930-9091 with your questions, or complete the form below and an attorney will contact you.


  1. https://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/wages/overtimepay.htm
  2. https://www.labor.alabama.gov/Wage_and_Hour_Info.pdf
  3. https://www.dol.gov/whd/statistics/