Employment Law: Oral Wage and Overtime Complaints are Protected.

The US Supreme Court has confirmed that oral complaints related to failure to pay wages and overtime may constitute protected activity for FLSA purposes. This means that if an employee makes a protected oral complaint that he or she is not being paid earned wages or overtime wages for hours worked, the employee may then have legal protections from an employer taking retaliatory actions against the employee. The Court, however, left unanswered the question of what type of complaint is considered protected. At a minimum it appears that the complaint