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Seattle’s Minimum Wage Increase Backfires

SEATTLE, WA — The highly controversial topic of the minimum wage is continuing to be debated after a recent backfire of the wage increase agreed upon in Seattle, Washington in 2014. The bill that passed would slowly increase the wage from $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour in 2017. It was found in hindsight that this increase did not help things. It was shown that employers hired fewer people, or reduced the number of hours of work to help with the increase from a business perspective.  The University of Washington’s study supports this argument and concluded that the number of hours worked by affected employees fell by around nine percent.  The study also concluded that affected employees’ net earnings fell by $125 a month on average, something critics of the increase warned prior to the bill’s passing. However, opposing research from the University of California-Berkeley that focused on the foodservice industry concluded that the increase did not lead to fewer jobs, or economic slow down in this sector.

This topic will continue to be debated, but we want to make sure you are updated and your rights are protected.

Can I file an FLSA lawsuit against my employer for unpaid overtime?

Yes, you may be able to file an FLSA lawsuit against your employer for unpaid overtime. FLSA lawsuits seek to hold employers accountable for failing to pay the required wages to their workers.  These claims seek payment of unpaid or underpaid wages, attorney’s fees, and litigation expenses.  Some cases may also force the payment of liquidated damages, which are money damages beyond just the receiving the back pay for unpaid wages.

If your employer owes you overtime wages for work performed, even dating several years back, our top rated attorneys can file a claim for you to recover the unpaid wages that you are owed.  There are strict time deadlines for filing FLSA lawsuits, so it is essential that you contact an attorney immediately. If you wait, you may lose your ability to recover some or all of your back pay.

What Are Employees Entitled To Under FLSA And The Final Rule?

While the Final Rule will be changing which workers will be eligible to receive overtime benefits, the benefits themselves will remain unchanged. The primary overtime benefit is the payment of  at least “time-and-a-half,” or 1.5 times standard pay rate, for each hour an employee works beyond 40 hours.  This policy applies to salaried workers whose earnings fall below the overtime salary threshold – which has been raised with the passing of the Final Rule.

FLSA Overtime Lawsuits

Call (855) 754-2795 or complete the Free Unpaid Overtime Case Review form on the top right of this page if you believe that your wage rights are being violated under the FLSA. Our top-rated team of unpaid wage lawyers will evaluate your situation to determine your best course of action to help you seek justice.

Our office will also determine if it is in your best interest to file a lawsuit against your employer. Because strict time limitations apply for filing these types of claims, we advise you contact our experienced unpaid overtime wage attorneys at your earliest convenience and preserve your legal rights.

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