Florida Wage and Hour Investigations: What you need to know

Florida does not have its own overtime laws, and although it has a minimum wage law, there are no specific provisions for a state agency to investigate wage and hour violations. Employers must follow provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Act gives the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage Hour Division the authority to investigate and gather data regarding the wages and hours of employment for entities subject to the requirements of the Act. Employers that violate minimum wage or overtime pay provisions may have to pay back wages and penalties.
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Equal pay. Anyone who has been discriminated against on the basis of gender may file a civil lawsuit to recover compensatory damages, punitive damages, and reasonable attorney's fees (FL Stat. Sec. 725.07).
Child labor. Florida's statutes set hours of work for minors. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation and its agents may enter and inspect at any time any place of employment covered by the state's child labor laws. Employers must grant the department access to relevant records (FL Stat. Sec. 450.121). A violation of child labor laws is considered a second-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 per offense. Each day during which a violation continues is a separate offense (FL Stat. Sec. 450.141).

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