U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division Issues Fact Sheet Regarding Retaliation under the Fair Labor Standards Act

/ 01/14/2012

The United States Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division released a Fact Sheet last month regarding retaliation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). This division administers and enforces the FLSA.


The FLSA regulates wages and hours of work for many employers. All covered nonexempt employees must be paid at least federal minimum wage for all hours worked and must receive overtime pay at one and one half times the regular rate for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek.


The FLSA also protects workers who allege their employers have violated the FLSA. It prohibits an employer from discharging or in any other manner discriminating against an employee because the employee filed a complaint, instituted a proceeding under or relating to the FLSA, testified or will testify in any such proceeding, or has served or is about to serve on an industry committee.


An employee who has been retaliated against may file a retaliation complaint with the Wage and Hour Division or may file a private cause of action seeking appropriate remedies, including employment, reinstatement, lost wages, and an additional equal amount as liquidated damages.


To speak to an employment law attorney about compliance with the FLSA, contact the Dallas employment lawyers at Clouse Dunn LLP at

Press Release Contact Information:


Clouse Dunn LLP

214.220.3833 ( fax)

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