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Federal contractors and their failure to pay wages earned and due

Government laws and regulations exist to protect workers from an employer's failure to pay wages earned and due. When a Texas employee does not receive his or her rightful compensation, he or she may have fears of losing a job or of retaliation in another form. The fear of losing additional pay may be difficult for many people to overcome and still find the courage to file a complaint for an employer's failure to pay wages earned and due.

A recent census discovered that some workers contracted by the federal government may not be receiving overtime pay and could have been required to work additional hours for which they were not paid. The federal survey revealed that some government-hired contractors knowingly withheld pay from their employees. The study found that 11 percent of the workers put in additional unclaimed hours beyond their job requirements and 21 percent may have had their rightful overtime pay withheld.

A report details a recent congressional amendment that had the potential to limit federal hiring of companies that violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. However, the amendment was voted against and not approved. An employer that violates the Fair Labor Standards Act or commits wage theft can potentially be held accountable for its illegal actions.

A Texas worker who suffers missing compensation that he or she earned while on the job may feel helpless or confused about his or her rights. When a contracted company is not held accountable for its failure to pay wages earned and due an employee, an individual may feel the need to pursue action. Seeking professional help in regaining lost pay for overtime or unlogged hours may be most adequate decision for a worker who feels that he or she has encountered a financial injustice.

Source:, "House Republicans Vote to Continue Wage Theft", , May 31, 2014

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