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Overtime Pay, Overtime Rules and Information About Collecting Unpaid Overtime

Unpaid OvertimeUnpaid overtime class action lawsuits are among the most common form of labor lawsuits in the United States. Workers who believe they have been denied overtime pay by an employer may be eligible to file an unpaid overtime claim against their employer.

Labor laws on the state and federal levels provide protections for employees to ensure they are fairly compensated. National employment laws require companies to pay all applicable workers overtime rates for any hours they work above the 40 hours threshold. Most hourly wage workers are entitled to overtime pay, and some salaried workers are as well. In some cases, companies purposefully deny wages by misclassifying their employees as exempt or averaging hours across pay period; in other cases, a company may mistakenly deny overtime pay.

More companies than ever before are denying workers overtime pay. Workers should be paid honestly for their work in accordance with state and federal laws. By filing an overtime claim, you can recover back wages and sometimes more for damages.

Experienced overtime claims attorneys are available to assess your circumstances, free of charge. Well versed in both federal labor laws in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) and relevant state laws, our attorneys can determine any claims you may have.

Understanding Overtime Claims

Employees in many different industries and professions are entitled to overtime pay. Federal law dictates that overtime pay must be paid when an employee exceeds 40 hours of work during a seven day period. Any hours beyond 40 must be paid at a rate of time-and-a-half their normal hourly rate.

For example, if a worker is normally paid $10 per hour, they receive this rate for the first 40 hours. Any hours beyond 40 in a given week must be compensated at a rate of $15 per hour.

Some states have added protections that ensure workers are paid overtime for any hours they work beyond 8 on a single workday. In states where that law is applicable, companies may not average work hours across the workweek to avoid paying overtime rates.

Denying Overtime is Illegal

There are several different ways an employer may try to justify not paying overtime, all of which are illegal:

It is not legal to average hours over two weeks; overtime must be calculated and paid week by week.

Some employers attempt to offer “comp time” to use as future time off, rather than pay an employee at their overtime rate.

Companies may also attempt to underpay their workers by requiring work off the clock, automatically deducting break time from an employee’s hours, or misclassifying an employee as “exempt” from receiving overtime pay.

Industries in Which Unpaid Overtime is Common

Workers should be paid honestly for their work in accordance with state and federal laws, by filing an overtime claim, you can recover back wages.

Filing a Claim for Denied Overtime

Employment laws are complicated because they exist on both federal and state levels. It is not necessary for you to understand all the details of the laws. Our unpaid overtime attorneys have extensive knowledge of applicable labor laws. Our attorneys handling overtime cases will assess your circumstances carefully to determine whether you may have a claim. If you have been denied overtime pay or think you may have been wrongfully classified as exempt, contact our firm for a free case review.

Many workers are intimidated to claim unpaid overtime for fear their employer will cut their hours or fire them. Federal worker protections are also in place to protect you from any type of retaliation. It is illegal to punish an employee for seeking back wages. Our attorneys are here to support and assist you as you seek damages from an unjust employer or company.

Unpaid Overtime Attorneys Help Workers Recover Lost Wages

Our attorneys handling unpaid overtime class action lawsuits on behalf of workers who believe they have been wrongfully denied overtime are employment litigation experts. They will work tirelessly on your behalf to assure you get the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been denied overtime wages by an employer, a wage and hour attorney can help by answering your questions and giving you a sense of your legal options.

Unpaid Overtime Class Action Lawsuits

Workers who have been denied overtime pay to which they are entitled may have grounds to file an overtime claim or join an overtime class action lawsuit. We provide legal representation for unpaid overtime lawsuits on a contingency basis, meaning that we never charge a fee unless we win compensation on your behalf.