If you have a choice between a job that pays well and a similar job that pays poorly, you will likely choose the job that pays well. Jobs are to help you earn the money you need to support your family, pay your bills and plan for your future. If your employer pays you by the hour, time is literally money to you.
Fortunately, federal and Tennessee laws protect workers' rights to fair wages. The Fair Labor Standards Act places restrictions and obligations on your employer to ensure you receive the pay you deserve for the work you do. However, not every employer complies with these laws, and they may get away with paying unfair wages if employees do not know their rights under the FLSA.