Fair Labor Standards Act

In 1938 the US Congress enacted a bill called the Fair Labor Stands Act (FLSA).  The provides that an employer must pay their employees at the least, the federal minimum wage,  that non-exempt employees be paid overtime for hours worked over 40 and to oversee child labor issues.

The FLSA is administered by the Employment Standards Administration’s Wage and Hour Divisiion within the U.S.Department of Labor.

In addtion to ensuring that the minimum wage and overtime is paid to non-exempt employees, the FLSA forbids discrimation in pay based on gender unless the wages are paid accorindg to a seniority system, a merit system or system which measures earnings by quantity or quality of production or a differential based on any other factor other than gender.