The retail industry is the largest private sector employer in the United States. Retail store employees often work long hours and frequently deal with demanding customers. Without question, retail store employees deserve appreciation, fair treatment, and a fair wage for all of their hard work. Unfortunately, there are far too many instances where employees receive the opposite. Many retail store workers encounter unappreciative employers who pay unfair wages, overwork their employees, and violate their rights.
LEGAL PROTECTIONS AVAILABLE TO RETAIL STORE EMPLOYEES
The United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission oversee compliance with the federal laws that govern retail store labor practices. Depending upon the size of the particular retail establishment, any number of federal provisions may apply to protect employees, including, but not limited to the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act, among others. In addition, various state-specific guidelines may apply to protect employees.
While retailers should be aware of each of these laws and make all efforts to ensure compliance, violations of employee rights occur far too often.
A CLOSER LOOK AT COMMON EMPLOYER VIOLATIONS
Common violations committed by retail store employers include:
These are only a few common violations of many that are committed by employers against retail store employees. Those who are subjected to such violations can and should seek legal help.
OUTTEN & GOLDEN – EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS FOR RETAIL STORE EMPLOYEES
At Outten & Golden, we have extensive experience representing retail store workers. We have successfully litigated cases against major retailers, as well as smaller companies who were violating employee rights.*
Our knowledgeable and experienced legal team is committed to protecting and defending the rights of retail store employees. If you are a retail store employee needing legal guidance regarding an employment issue, we're here to help. Please contact us to discuss your circumstances with a knowledgeable and experienced Outten & Golden attorney.
(*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)