FLAP focuses primarily on litigation to recover owed wages for our clients. FLAP litigates under both federal and state laws such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the Agricultural Worker Protection Act (“AWPA”). Our clients mainly bring forth claims for nonpayment of minimum wages or nonpayment of overtime wages in violation of these federal and state laws.
Defendants in our cases tend to be companies that remain competitive by breaking the law and by exploiting our clients. These companies and their individual owners manage to make higher profits by failing to pay their employees for all their time worked. These employers take unfair advantage of the fact that our clients are often unaware of their rights or are afraid of losing their jobs by coming forward with their claims. Correcting such abuse and preventing the exploitation of these workers is what FLAP seeks to accomplish through its litigation efforts.
Our cases are filed primarily in federal court, and our clients mainly bring forth claims for nonpayment of minimum wages or nonpayment of overtime wages in violation of both federal and state law.
We litigate primarily under the Agricultural Worker Protection Act (AWPA) (29 U.S.C. §1801 et seq), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (29 U.S.C. § 201 et seq) and the Illinois Minimum Wage Law (IMWL). Often, we also file claims arising under the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA), so the federal court always has subject matter jurisdiction over the FLSA claims and ancillary jurisdiction over the state law claims.
Workers’ Compensation | Referral Areas
In addition to our litigation work to recover owed wages for our clients, FLAP also relies on a network of qualified attorneys to handle litigation arising under state workers’ compensation laws. This network of attorneys allows us to provide clients who have suffered injuries at work without receiving any compensation with reliable legal assistance.