News reports that the Department of Labor has begun an investigation into
the working conditions at the popular clothing store Forever 21. The United
States DOL Wage and Hour division announced that they have filed an action
requiring Forever 21 to cooperate with the government’s investigation
into the labor practices of the company. The clothing store has been under
investigation for the last four years as the result of allegedlabor violations.
According to federal law under the Fair Labor Standards Act, workers must
be paid minimum wage and those non-exempt workers who put in more than
40 hours in an one work week are entitled to pay at one and one-half times
their hourly rate of pay. Documents in this matter accuse Forever 21 manufacturers
of operating in “sweatshop-like conditions” and failing to
provide documentation regarding workers’ hours, wages and work conditions.
According to reports, the Department of Labor has evidence of significant
FLSA violations concerning minimum wage, overtime and record keeping requirements.
If you have questions about your place of employment and whether you have
received the wages and hours you deserve, it may be a good idea to speak
to a knowledgeable
Atlanta wage and hour lawyer. A skilled FLSA attorney can review your working situation and provide
crucial guidance. Many times, if your employer has violated one worker’s
rights, other workers have been affected as well.
The investigation into Forever 21 is part of a greater initiative looking
into practices in the garment industry. This initiative has revealed that
American clothing manufacturers have deprived workers of some $11 million
through violations of the FLSA, a federal law established to protect against
News that Forever 21 has been “disheartening” to many young
shoppers who flock to the store but have been alerted to their possible
unethical labor practices.
Further, if you are a workers who may be experiencing poor working conditions
and believe that you have been denied overtime or that their employer
has committed some other violation of the wage and hour laws, you don’t
have to file an EEOC claim or wait for the Department of Labor to begin
an investigation. 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.
Also unlike the discrimination laws, the FLSA has a much longer statute
of limitations-you have two years to file suit for most violations and
three years if your employer’s violation of the law is willful.
You damages can include all back wages (which includes any unpaid overtime),
plus an amount equal to your unpaid back wages, interest, attorneys’
fees, and court costs.
For more information please contact the top
Georgia wage and hour lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, LLC for an immediate consultation.