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U.S. Labor Department Launches “We Can Help” Campaign to Enforce Wage and Hour Laws

April 2, 2010

In a recent blog, our labor and employment attorneys at Howard Law, PC discussed the high rates of wage and hour law violations, happening to low-wage workers in Los Angeles, California, New York and Chicago. In a study of these three cities by UCLA, statistics showed that workers were systematically being forced to work through breaks, were not receiving overtime pay or documentation of pay, and were being subjected to tip stealing, among other violations.

Yesterday, Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor, stated that federal laws apply to all workers, and many employers are not respecting these rights. The U.S. Department of Labor is now fighting back, starting an aggressive campaign to go after companies who regularly cheat employees out of their hard earned wages and engage in wage-theft and wage and hour violations.

The campaign is being called, "We Can Help," and is being designed to educate employees and workers about their lawful rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA establishes minimum wage, pay documentation, overtime pay, and youth employment standards that affect part-time and full-time private sector or governmental workers--protecting workers from violations of these rights in the workplace.

The campaign will be conducted in several languages, and will educate employees about their rights in the workplace and show them how to file a wage complaint with the Wage and Hour Division. Solis said her office is ready to fight for workers' rights regardless of immigration status or citizenship, by being prepared to investigate claims by workers who have experienced wage and hour violations.

Since becoming the Labor Secretary, Solis has increased the enforcement staff in all of the agencies within in the Labor Department, which includes the hiring of 250 new field investigators for the Wage and Hour Division.

All employees by law are entitled to a workplace free from violations of employment and labor laws. If you or someone you know has experienced a wage and hour violation in Orange County and throughout Southern California, contact Howard Law, PC today to talk to an experienced employment and labor lawyer about your issue.

Labor Department: 'We Can Help,', April 2, 2010

Labor Dept.'s New 'Sheriff' Offers Overdue Help to Wage-Theft Victims, In These Times, April 2, 2010

United States Department of Labor (DOL): We Can Help

DOL Initiates "We Can Help" Campaign Aimed at Increasing Enforcement, Wage and Hour Law Updates, April 2, 2010

L.A. Leads New York, Chicago, in Abuse of Low-wage Workers, Survey Says, Los Angeles Times, January 6, 2010

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Department of Labor: Wage and Hour Division: Handy Reference Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act

U.S. Department of Labor