Because we just recently launched the Overtime Lawyer Blog, we didn’t
get a chance to update you on an important FLSA development that happened
last summer. On July 24, 2008, the minimum wage increased from $5.85 to
$6.55 per hour.
If you are in a minimum wage job, make sure to review your paychecks closely
to ensure that you are being paid at the new higher rate. And if you are
receiving overtime, also make sure to check that your overtime pay is
being calculated on the new higher rate. If you have been working since
July and your checks were not based on the new higher rate, you are entitled
to be made whole for all work weeks in which you didn’t receive
the higher minimum wage or the correct amount of overtime pay.
And if you are an employed in the State of Georgia, even though the Georgia
minimum wage is lower than the federal minimum wage (it is currently $5.15
per hour), you’re still entitled to the higher federal minimum wage-don’t
let an unscrupulous or ill-advised Georgia employer convince you that
it only needs to pay you at the lower Georgia rate.
If you believe that you have been underpaid, you certainly have the right
to contact your employer to complain about any mistakes in your pay and
ask for reimbursement. If, however, you make a complaint, and you are
discharged or otherwise retaliated against as a result of your complaint,
you may have a claim of retaliation under the FLSA.
If you are not sure whether you are entitled to the new higher minimum
wage, or if you are hesitant to approach your employer with a complaint
for fear of losing your job, one of our experienced Atlanta overtime attorneys
would be happy to answer your questions.
There is more good news to come. On July 24, 2009, the federal minimum
wage is scheduled to increase to $7.25 per hour. Mark it on your calendar!