By Felicity S. Hanks, Esq. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
NFL cheerleaders have recently filed two lawsuits against their NFL football team employers, alleging that the football teams failed to compensate them for actual hours worked and provided wages that were grossly below the minimum wage requirement. The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) obligates covered employers to pay their employees a wage equal to at least $7.25. FLSA further requires employers to pay employees for each hour that they work. State laws provide equal, if not more stringent, wage and hour requirements. The U.S. Department of Labor and state labor departments are responsible for investigating and enforcing wage and hour laws, but individuals maintain the right to bring direct legal actions against their employers for violations of the laws.