What are the employees rights to get paid for work done that a company profits from?
How does an employee enforce their rights under the Federal FLSA laws?
For example, in Ross et al, V. Wolf Fire Protection, et al
Wolf Fire Protection (www.wolffireprotection.com) James J. Wolf (president), and Timothy Strohmer (vice president)(aka "the Defendants") are alledged to have violated the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"), 29 U.S.C. §§ 201 et seg., and Maryland wage and hour laws for essentially requiring employees to work for free, and by telling the employees that they were not going to get paid for any overtime they put in.
When one of the plaintiffs confronted the defendent (Vice President of Operations Timothy Strohmer ) regarding that the FLSA entitling them to be paid for work that the employer benefited from, Strohmer called him 'a piece of shit' and promptly fired him on the spot.
Maybe its just me, but how could a company stay in business that treats their own employees this way, and what 'customer' would want to hire a company like this?
I bet Wolf Fire Protection walks away from this with nothing but a slap on the wrist. What rights does an employee have in such a case that is obviously such a flagrant disregard for the FLSA? Punitive damages?
Would you consider employment with a company like wolf fire protection, knowing that they think they have the right to cheat you out of pay and overtime wages? If they will do this to their own employees, you can just imagine how they might try to cheat their customers who procure their 'services'