If you are a Chicago employee who was not paid for working overtime, you may be able to file a Chicago unpaid overtime pay lawsuit. These lawsuits demand that the employer, either past or present, to pay the employee back unpaid wages for overtime hours that were worked but paid. Unpaid overtime lawsuits also seek payment of the attorney’s fees and expenses incurred in pursuing legal action.
Overtime is the amount of time an employee works beyond normal working hours. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes a standard work week of no more than 40 hours per week for most employees. The federal law requires payment for time worked beyond 40 hours a week at a rate of no less than one and one-half times their regular rate of pay. Most workers, included many salaried workers, are eligible to receive paid overtime.
Employers who violate overtime pay laws can be sued by the employee for the unpaid time. Many of these cases are filed as class action lawsuits by a large number of employees against the same employer. An employer cannot retaliate an employee, like firing or disciplining the worker, if the employee files a lawsuit for unpaid wages. If there is retaliation, the employer may face additional charges in a civil lawsuit for wrongful termination.
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Chicago Overtime Lawsuit Lawyers
Our Chicago overtime lawyers file unpaid overtime lawsuits on behalf of workers who are not paid the legally required wages. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), a large number of workers who are entitled to overtime pay never receive the wages owed to them under federal or state law. Many times, the company either misclassifies a worker as “exempt,” denies overtime, or falsely informs workers that overtime pay is not required for their position. When an employer denies or refuses to pay overtime wages, it may give rise to an unpaid overtime lawsuit.
Recent data shows that more than 2,700,000 people live in Chicago and the population is still growing. It is the third most heavily populated city in the United States and the most populated city in Illinois.
The major economic sectors include manufacturing, printing and publishing, finance and insurance, and food processing. Educational institutions, hospitals and other medical facilities are also a major employer in the area. The unemployment rate is about 11.2%.
The metropolitan area has a very diverse workforce including service employees, hospital workers, IT workers, hotel and restaurant employees, professional services, and a wide range of other industries. The largest employers in the Chicago area are:
- United States Government
- Chicago Public Schools
- City of Chicago
- State of Illinois
- Cook County
- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
- Advocate Health Care
- J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
- Walgreen Co.
- United Continental Holdings, Inc.
The success of Chicago is largely based upon its dedicated and ambitious workforce. Many employees work in excess of 40 hours per week at their jobs, either voluntarily or at the request of their employer. In many circumstances, the employee is not receiving federal and state mandated overtime pay.
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), “covered” employees are entitled to overtime pay at 1.5 times the regular pay rate. Other jobs and occupations are considered exempt, which means that the employer is not required to provide overtime pay. Some employers “misclassify” the job as an attempt to avoid paying overtime wages, however, this is an unlawful and deceptive practice and violates federal law. There are also Illinois overtime pay laws in addition to federal regulations.
Filing a Chicago Overtime Lawsuit
An experienced unpaid overtime attorney can determine whether you are entitled to overtime pay and whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit for unpaid wages. These cases seek to force the employer, either past or present, to pay the employee the back unpaid wages for overtime hours that were not paid. Illinois unpaid overtime lawsuits also seek payment of the attorney’s fees and expenses incurred in pursuing legal action.
Help From a Chicago Overtime Lawyer
Our experienced team of Chicago employment law attorneys will carefully evaluate your work situation and determine if you are owed back overtime pay from your employer. We will advise you of your legal rights and if you do have a case, we will handle your case and charge no legal fees until you receive your settlement. We will also pay all costs and litigations expenses in the case.
To file your Chicago lawsuit, you should contact us now at (855) 263-3525 for a Free, No Obligation Case Review. You can also complete the Free Unpaid Overtime Case Review Box on the right side of this page and an experienced attorney will contact you shortly.
Chicago Legal Resources
- Chicago Data
- Chicago Government Website
- Chicago Courts
- Chicago Federal Court
- Chicago Bar Association
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