USA Unpaid Overtime: Off the Clock, Employee Misclassification of Pay Investigation

Did you get paid for all the time you worked for your employer?

There’s a saying, “Time is Gold” so therefore, time is money that is why every employee must know their overtime rights. Also known as the Wages and Hours Bill, The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 or FLSA in short is intended to protect the rights of every employee. In 2008, the high point of the recession in the United States forced Americans to sue their employers mostly claiming that they worked longer hours for the same salary or sometimes even less. By the end of 2015, almost 9,000 wage and hour lawsuits have been filed. It is believed that the continuing rise in number of such lawsuits every year is because more employees are now aware of wage and hour rights and some employers are still ignoring their employees’ rights as workers. It is more likely that more workers will continue to pursue these lawsuits this year because they have more information of their legal rights as well as easy access to specialized lawyers handling overtime pay claims.

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) , every worker is eligible to receive an overtime pay as long as they are not professionals with advanced degrees. In other words, they are not the ones who are in charge to manage, fire and hire, as well as make major decisions. Employees must be paid at least $455 a week to be exempted and every hourly paid employee is eligible to be paid overtime. If you are a victim of wage theft, you can recover your unpaid overtime compensation by filing a complaint against your employer with the help of the U.S. Department of Labor. Employer who intentionally gets even, can be accountable to imprisonment and a fine because it is every employer’s responsibility to maintain a consistent and accurate time keeping of the time worked by all their employees. A successful plaintiff can recover twice the amount of unpaid overtime and can also be honored the attorney’s fees and expenses.

It’s not always easy to work for longer hours and then end up not receiving any good benefit at all. Wage theft is a crime, giving us the right to file a class action lawsuit against abusive employers who have no plans in giving their employees the overtime pay that they deserve to get. If you feel that you were not properly compensated for your overtime by your employer , Please Contact Us and provide any details along with contact information. If you prefer to leave a voicemail you can call 1.858.236.9020. can then forward these requests to our network of attorneys that may contact you if a Class Action Lawsuit is to be pursued.


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