It seems obvious that you should get paid for the work you do. Unfortunately, employers often try to underpay workers using deceptive tactics.
But getting paid for work isn’t just a moral obligation; it’s a legal right protected by law.
The Fair Labor Standards Act was first passed by the government in 1938 and established the right to a minimum wage, overtime pay, and child labor standards. The law has been continually updated and amended in the ensuing years to better protect workers from opportunistic employers.
The law also offers some protections against unpaid wages.