St. Louis and Missouri Wage and Hour Claims Lawyers

State and federal laws require your employer to pay you a fair wage. If you’ve been denied overtime pay, pressured to work off-the-clock, or paid below minimum wage, you may be eligible for compensation. At Cofman Townsley, we know you work hard, and we’re here to fight for your rights to get the money you’ve earned.

Our wage and hour lawyers aren’t afraid to stand up to employers who don’t follow the rules. We’ll investigate your claim and help protect you from employer intimidation. Get legal help today—just dial (888) 223-6225 or fill out our quick and simple form to get in touch with our team.

State and Federal Wage and Hour Laws

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay workers a minimum wage and overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours per workweek. State laws in Missouri and Illinois add additional requirements for employers:

  • Missouri
    • Most employers in Missouri are required to pay workers a state minimum wage of $7.50 an hour or a federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour—whichever results in higher pay for the employee.
    • Retail or service businesses with less than $500,000 in gross income per year are not required to pay state or federal minimum wage.
    • Most workers in Missouri are also entitled to at least 1.5 times their normal pay after working more than 40 hours per workweek.
  • Illinois
    • Most employers in Illinois are required to pay workers a state minimum wage of $8.25 an hour or a federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour—whichever results in higher pay for the employee.
    • Illinois requires employers to give each employee at least 24 continuous hours of rest per calendar week unless a permit is obtained allowing employees to voluntarily work seven days per week.
    • Most Illinois workers are also entitled to at least 1.5 times their normal pay after working more than 40 hours per workweek.
    • Employers must provide 20-minute meal breaks to employees for every continuous 7.5 hours worked.
  • Exceptions to these rules may apply depending on your employer and the type of work you do. Speak with one of our wage and hour lawyers today if you suspect your employer isn’t following state and federal laws.