Can I recover attorney’s fees if I win my wage and hour case?

wage and hour cases, the ability to recover attorney’s fees depends on the specific laws and regulations of the jurisdiction in which the case is filed. Generally, there are two main sources that determine whether attorney’s fees can be recovered

federal laws and state laws.

Under federal laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the primary legislation governing wage and hour disputes. The FLSA allows successful plaintiffs to recover reasonable attorney’s fees and costs if they prevail in their case. This means that if you win your wage and hour case under the FLSA, you may be entitled to have your attorney’s fees reimbursed by the defendant.

However, it’s important to note that the FLSA only provides for attorney’s fees if you prevail in your case. If you lose, you will generally be responsible for paying your own attorney’s fees. Additionally, the court has the discretion to determine what constitutes reasonable attorney’s fees, which may not necessarily cover the full amount you paid your attorney.

On the other hand, state laws can also provide avenues for recovering attorney’s fees in wage and hour cases. Many states have their own wage and hour laws that may mirror or expand upon the protections provided by the FLSA. These state laws may include provisions for attorney’s fees, allowing successful plaintiffs to recover their legal costs.

It’s important to consult with an experienced employment attorney who is familiar with both federal and state laws to determine the specific rules regarding attorney’s fees in your jurisdiction. They can assess the merits of your case and advise you on the likelihood of recovering attorney’s fees if you win.