Can an individual be personally liable for a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violation?

Author: Jessica Sussman

Yes. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an individual can be considered an employer under the law and therefore be personally liable. Business owners, officers, directors, and executives may be personally liable for their employees' unpaid compensation if they have sufficient control and authority over the business and if the company is not financially strong enough to protect them.