CDM Smith Wage Violations
Helping Employees Receive Their Fair Overtime Pay
The US Department of Labor defines the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as a federal law that “...establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments.” It intends to protect employees from suffering unlawful wages and prevents employers from taking advantage of their labor, among other workplace violations.
Update: We have now filed a lawsuit against CDM Smith, and we encourage you to contact us to discuss your options for joining the action if you believe you have grounds for legal action. Click here to read a copy of the complaint.
CDM Smith & FLSA Violations
Our lawyers at Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP are aware that many CDM Smith site inspectors are suffering wage violations. Some employees argue that they are receiving straight time pay while working over 40 hours in a workweek when they should be getting overtime pay to compensate for those extra hours. Some CDM Smith employees may have signed an agreement with their employers to be paid straight time even when they’re legally entitled to overtime pay.
Regardless of whether these employees consented to straight time pay or not, employers must pay their employees overtime if it’s appropriate. They cannot evade FLSA requirements even if employees signed an agreement contract.
Straight Time vs. Overtime Pay
It’s important to recognize the difference between straight time and overtime pay.
- Straight time: Regular number of hours an employee is expected to work per week. Typically, this equates to 40 hours per week in the US. Straight time rates can be hourly or salary-based.
- Overtime: Working beyond typical workweek hours, or 40 hours per week. Overtime is paid at a rate of time-and-a-half, which means an employee is paid at 1.5 times their normal hourly rate.
Thus, if an employee is contracted to work 40 hours per week and works overtime, they should be paid time-and-a-half for those additional hours. If an employer fails to pay them overtime, that is a violation of the FLSA. Our attorneys can pursue legal action by examining the details of your case to strategize an effective plan on your behalf.
Experienced Lawyers Fighting for the Pay You Deserve
We are monitoring the CDM Smith situation very closely and helping employees who are affected by the company’s wage violations. Our attorneys have what it takes to help employees who are suffering at the hands of a company that should know better than to mistreat its workers.
Wage violations should be taken seriously, as your hard work deserves fair pay. Unlawful wages could impact your income and thus your livelihood, which is why you should take action against your employer if you’re experiencing an FLSA wage violation. Our team obtains the legal insight and resources needed to help you claim the compensation you deserve.
Arrange a consultation with us online or by calling (713) 352-3433 today!