Overtime Claims Lawyers
Before the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) became law in 1938, there were no guidelines for worker rights and wage protections. Child labor restrictions, maximum workweek hours, and overtime pay were unheard of among the working class. The 1938 version established a minimum wage of a mere 25 cents an hour. Since then, the law has expanded rapidly for a more comprehensive approach to labor law, but its original premise remains intact: workers deserve fair pay for fair work.
Unfortunately, many employers unlawfully skirt around the FLSA’s employee protections by engaging in shady or outright dishonest behavior. Most prominently, this manifests itself in overtime pay. Eligible employees who work more than 40 hours in a week are entitled to receive a higher rate of pay (a minimum of 50% higher than their normal pay rate) for every hour above the 40th. If you believe your employer is not paying you overtime pay you’ve earned, an FLSA overtime pay lawyer from Williams Hart may be able to help you recover the money you are owed.
Common FLSA Overtime Claims
While the FLSA has numerous worker protections, there are some classes of employees who are excluded from them. Certain classes of salaried employees, managers, and independent contractors do not receive FLSA benefits. However, employers sometimes abuse these exclusions by incorrectly classifying workers as exempt or outright lying about an employee’s FLSA status. Generally speaking, most people are covered by FLSA protections and therefore entitled to overtime pay. Some common ways employers deny overtime pay include:
- Not paying for time spent doing prep work, such as setting up a restaurant before opening
- Misclassifying employees as independent contractors
- Not reporting the correct number of hours worked
- Paying a ‘per diem’ that doesn’t account for time worked
- Not paying for required tasks that employees must do while off the clock
- Not paying the overtime rate of time and a half for hours above 40
If your employer is performing any of these actions or you believe you are otherwise not being paid overtime you deserve, an overtime claims attorney may be able to help you.
Contact an Overtime Pay Attorney
The government takes overtime violations and worker rights very seriously. Employers who are found in violation of the FLSA can be forced to pay their employees what they are owed, plus additional damages. On top of that, they are forbidden from retaliating against workers who bring these violations to light. If you are worried that your employer is not paying you the overtime you have earned, call the overtime pay claim attorneys of Williams Hart at (713) 352-7071 or visit mywageclaim.com to learn more about what you can do to recover the wages you are owed.