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Getting through the work week is tough enough, especially when your employer asks you to work overtime. While you might be willing to give up some of your personal time to help out the company when it needs you, you shouldn’t have to give up your right to be paid fairly for your time.
Unpaid overtime is one of the most common violations of wage and hour claims in the United States. If your employer won’t pay you for extra time on the job, Chávez Law Group can help you shine a light on this injustice. Our employment law attorneys can to help you fight back against pay withholding practices that disrupt your life and financial health.
About the Overtime Laws
There’s a federal act called the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which states that employers must compensate employees who work more than 40 hours in a week, unless they are considered legally exempt. Employees are entitled to receive overtime pay at a rate of one-and-one-half times their regular rate, including non-discretionary bonuses.
The overtime laws contained in the FLSA set the ground rules for overtime pay and state potential consequences for employers who violate the provisions. Unfortunately, most employees have little knowledge regarding what the laws mean for their day-to-day work lives, and what their rights actually are when it comes to overtime.
In addition to bluntly refusing overtime pay, employers may also be in violation of FLSA if they fail to give fair bonuses on time or attempt to classify full-time employees as exempt in order to avoid overtime pay.
If you are being treated unfairly and an employer is not paying you for time worked, you can seek the valuable advice of an attorney to help you understand exactly what you are entitled to, and what your employer’s responsibilities are when it comes to fair pay.
What You Can Do About Unpaid Overtime
If your employer has refused to pay you for time that you’ve worked above and beyond the normal scope of 40 hours in a week, you may be entitled to compensation for all of the hours that went unpaid. We can also investigate suspicion of unpaid overtime due to employment discrimination. Employees who have been taken advantage of with overtime pay may also be able to collect compensation for attorney’s fees.
For legal assistance filing a claim against an employer for unpaid overtime, please contact Chávez Law Group right away. During your free case evaluation, we’ll discuss your rights and help you understand how to get the fair compensation you deserve.