Raising the minimum wage has taken center stage in Congress and may prove
to be a crucial issue this election season. Last week Rep. George Miller
(D-Calif.) along with more than 100 House Democrats proposed new minimum
wage legislation. The legislation would increase the minimum wage from
its current $7.25 to $9.80 over the next three years.
The last federal minimum wage increase was in 2007 and has not kept pace
with the demands of workers. Nearly 47 million Americans receive just
minimum wage and qualify as the “working poor.” Miller states,
“Raising the minimum wage helps families make ends meet.”
Unfortunately, even with the minimum wage set at $7.25 often employers
fail to pay workers all of the wages they are entitled to – either
intentionally or by mistake. If you believe you have not been paid all
the compensation you are entitled to, it’s important to speak to
Atlanta wage and hour lawyerright away. Federal labor law, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), requires
that employers pay all workers at least minimum wage. If you believe that
you have been denied overtime or that your employer has committed some
other violation of the wage and hour laws, you don’t have to file
an EEOC claim as you would in a typical discrimination case. Instead,
you can hire a private attorney and file suit as soon as you discover
the violation. If other people at your company have also been denied overtime,
you may be able to file a special type of FLSA class action, known as
a collective action, which will help you bring the maximum pressure to
bear on your employer to change its ways and to pay you all the compensation
you are owed.
The current legislation, H.R. 6211, seeks to increase the minimum wage
by 85 cents a year for the next 3 years, with the final wage of $9.80
to be adjusted upwards with inflation. Additionally the wages tipped employees
receive –just $2.13/hour will be increased by 85 cents a year until
it reaches 70% of the non-tipped minimum wage.
Senator Tom Harkin proposed a companion bill in the senate stating “People
who work hard for a living should not have to live in poverty,”
Harkin said. “I am proud to introduce this bill today, to raise
the minimum wage, and to help tens of millions of workers and their families.”
Despite significant support for these bills, some detractors exist.
Georgia wage and hour lawyers, we support this legislation and all efforts to ensure workers receive
the compensation they deserve. For more information or if you believe
you have not been paid all of your wages, please contact an experienced
minimum wage lawyer at The Buckley Law Firm, LLC right away to see how
we can help you.