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Hotel Employee Overtime Lawsuits: Wage & Hour Laws

Hotel Employee Overtime Lawsuits: Wage & Hour Laws

Commonly asked overtime pay law questions about hotel employees:

Can a Hotel Employee Receive Overtime Pay?

Hotel employees are often required to work long hours and extend their workday beyond their regular shift.  In addition to working extra hours, many hotel employees are “shorted” on their break and rest times by being required to be “on call” and accessible at all times.  Some hotels require employees to have hand held radios or cell phones so that they can be contacted when a customer makes a request or if management needs something done.  Although this helps provide better service to the customer, it is not fair to the hotel employee and violates federal overtime pay laws if they are not compensated for their time.

What is the Salary Range for a Hotel Employee?

Depending on the work setting and state where hotel workers are employed, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) noted that in 2016, hotel employees made between $25,210 to $71,350, with the average annual salary being approximately $45,340.

How Many Hotel Employees Are Nationally Employed?

According to the United States Department of Labor, employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation is as follows:

Employment Employment RSE* Mean Hourly Wage Mean Annual Wage Wage RSE
248,440 0.9% $11.32 $23,530 0.4%

*RSE: The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

According to the United States Department of Labor, the percentile wage estimates for a hotel employee is as follows:

Percentile 10% 25% 50% (Median) 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.40 $9.22 $10.61 $12.38 $15.31

Where Are Most Hotel Employees Employed?

According to the United States Department of Labor, states with the highest employment level in this occupation are as follows:

State Employment Employment Per Thousand Jobs Location Quotient Hourly Mean Wage Annual Mean Wage
California 25,190 1.58 0.89 $13.44 $27,950
Texas 20,570 1.75 0.99 $10.00 $20,790
Florida 18,910 2.30 1.30 $11.16 $23,220
New York 11,060 1.22 0.69 $14.81 $30,790
North Carolina 8,950 2.12 1.20 $10.39 $21,620

Hotel Employee Overtime Pay Lawsuit News

Related Hotel Employee Overtime Pay Lawsuit News

Georgia Hotel Company Agrees to Pay Back Workers and Settle Unpaid Overtime Lawsuit

A Georgia hotel company recently agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor to resolve claims that the company underpaid several members of its staff when it did not pay the group for their overtime work.

Housekeepers Challenge Omni Hotel Chain in Overtime Lawsuit

Omni Hotels Management Corporation, a chain of luxury hotels in many states, has come under much scrutiny after facing a lawsuit citing the chain was not paying employees proper overtime wages required by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Workers File Class Action Lawsuit Against High Class Los Angeles Resort

LOS ANGELES, CA — Two workers for an upscale Los Angeles area resort recently filed a proposed class action lawsuit against their employer over allegations that the company failed to pay them and other workers all their due wages for their time spent preparing for their shifts every day.

New York Hotels Overtime Pay LawsNew York Hotel Workers File Unpaid Overtime Lawsuit Against Hotel Owner, Allege Harassment and Retaliation

NEW YORK — Over one-dozen current and former restaurant workers for a New York hotel recently filed a federal class action lawsuit against the business, claiming the defendant underpaid workers, denied overtime, and went as far as to retaliate against at least one employee after she confronted management about pay discrepancies.

Oakland City Attorney Files Unpaid Overtime Lawsuit Against Hotel Owner

LOS ANGELES –The Oakland, California City Attorney recently filed an unpaid overtime lawsuit against an area hotel on behalf of several former workers the city claims are due unpaid wages and other damages.

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What are the Laws for Hotel Employee Overtime Pay?

Under the Fair Labor Standard Overtime Laws (FLSA), employers are required to pay all non-exempt hotel employees overtime for all hours worked over 40 in one week. Overtime wages must equal one and one half times the worker’s regular rate of pay.

Some states also have specific laws that supplement or contradict the FLSA.

Hotel employees often work far more than 40 hours in a workweek, but many employers do not pay them due overtime wages. If you believe your employer has violated the FLSA by denying your overtime pay, your best option is to contact an experienced attorney who can advice you of your rights under the FLSA and state laws.

Is a Hotel Employee Entitled to Overtime Pay?

Hotel employees often work far more than 40 hours per week, and in many cases, they are covered under the FLSA. This means these workers are entitled to receive from their employer one and one half times their regular pay for each hour worked past 40 a week.

To determine if a particular case falls under the FLSA, it is best to consult an experienced attorney, as the exemptions coupled with state laws are complicated.

Does a Company Have to Pay Overtime Wages to a Hotel Employee?

In many cases, yes. Employers often violate the FLSA by failing to pay hotel employees the required overtime pay.

The hotel’s failure to pay required overtime to its employees can result in a lawsuit to recover back pay. These lawsuits are often filed by an entire group of hotel employees — such as managers, cooks, housekeepers, etc. — against an employer.

There are strict time deadlines for filing these lawsuits, so it is essential that you contact an experienced attorney who can determine if your case is covered by the FLSA.

What Companies Have Denied Overtime Wages to Hotel Employees?

Our overtime pay lawyers frequently represent hotel employees in overtime pay lawsuits. We are currently handling cases for hotel employees who were denied overtime pay by many employers, some of which include:

  • Hampton Hotels
  • Embassy Suites
  • Doubletree Hotels
  • Hilton Worldwide

To determine whether you are eligible for filing a wage claim, contact our experienced Hotel Employee Overtime Pay Lawyers at (855) 754-2795 for a Free Consultation to discuss your case or complete the Free Unpaid Overtime Case Review Form on this page.  We will discuss your situation and determine if you have a claim. If you are owed unpaid wages, we will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means there are never any legal fees or costs unless you receive a settlement.

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