Employees who work more than 40 hours in a workweek and are classified as “non-exempt” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are entitled to overtime pay. If an employer is in violation of the FLSA and fails to pay an employee overtime pay when they are entitled to receive such benefits, an unpaid overtime lawsuit may be filed.
According to statistics, since the height of the recession in 2008, more workers across the United States have been suing employers under the federal and state wage and hour laws. In fact, according to the USA Today, the number of lawsuits filed last year was up 32 percent.
The most common reasons why an employee may be able to file a lawsuit for overtime pay include:
- Being forced to work “off the clock.”
- Jobs being misclassified as “exempt” from overtime requirements.
- Work being handled on personal time due to smartphones and other technology.
- Work hours were averaged over a two week period to avoid paying overtime.
These are just a few reasons why a worker may be able to file an unpaid overtime claim. There are several other numerous reasons and ways an employer may violate the law in order to not pay you overtime wages. You may be getting cheated out of substantial wages by your employer.
If you suspect that your employer is denying you overtime pay, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit. These lawsuits can provide you with significant compensation for your unpaid wages and often include payment of penalties, liquidated damages, interest, and attorney’s fees. Many overtime lawsuits are filed as class action lawsuits by a group of employees against their employer and you can often choose to join that lawsuit or file your own separate claim.
Start Your Overtime Pay Lawsuit
To get started on your case and to determine if you are eligible to file a lawsuit for overtime pay, call our top rated attorneys today at (855) 754-2795. Your employer cannot retaliate against you for pursuing a wage and hour lawsuit and if they do, there can be additional compensation awarded to you. We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means you pay absolutely nothing unless we win a settlement for you. If we cannot help you, you owe us nothing.
There are strict statutes of limitations for filing a claim so it is important that you contact our law firm immediately to discuss your case in further detail. We will explain your legal rights and help you determine if you are eligible to file a lawsuit, as well as if it is in your best interest to file an individual claim or a class action suit.