What Is the Wage and Hour Division (WHD)?

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What Is the Wage and Hour Division (WHD)?

The Wage and Hour Division is a federal office that is tasked with the overseeing of federal labor laws. It is a division of the U.S. Department of Labor, and is regulated largely by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The WHD generally handles a wide variety of claims and issues related to wage and hour disputes. Along with discrimination claims, wage and hour claims are among the most common types of employment disputes.

What Types of Claims Does the Wage and Hour Division Handle?

The WHD office handles a wide range of employment and labor cases, including:

For these types of claims, the Wage and Hour Division will review the applicant’s complaint and conduct an investigation to determine what types of remedies may be available. For instance, they may issue a requirement that the employer pay the worker back wages, or reinstate them to their job if they were wrongfully fired.

What If the WHD Can’t Solve My Issue?

If the Wages and Hour Division is not able to successfully complete an investigation, or if their suggested remedy does not fully address the worker’s losses, the worker may still choose to file a private lawsuit. This may require additional documentation and evidence, as the court will need proof regarding the worker’s complaints. In a private lawsuit, the remedies may involve back wages damages awards or injunctions, depending on the exact type of violation.

Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help with a Wage and Hour Claim?

Wage and hour disputes can often involve serious losses for a worker. You may need to hire an employment lawyer in your area if you have any inquiries or disputes involving wages. Your attorney can help research the laws to determine whether or not you should file a claim with the Wages and Hour Division. Your attorney can also guide you through the entire process and represent you during any meetings with the WHD.

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Last Modified: 02-25-2015 03:55 PM PST

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