Fort Worth overtime lawyers represent clients in Fort Worth, Dallas and other parts of Texas in unpaid overtime pay claims. Nonexempt employees receive overtime pay for each hour worked over forty in a workweek. Overtime pay is the employee’s regular rate of pay times 1.5 for each hour of work. When employers unlawfully fail to pay overtime the employee can lose significant sums of cash. Do not let your employer steal from your paycheck. Contact a Fort Worth employment lawyer about your unpaid overtime pay right away.
Overtime pay in Fort Worth, Texas
Overtime pay for most employees arises under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). FLSA is a federal employment law establishing minimum wage provisions for privately employed workers. Part of the FLSA wage provisions include overtime pay as described above. Some employees do not receive overtime pay protected by FLSA because they are exempt by the statute and its regulations. Employees exempt from overtime pay provisions in the FLSA may receive overtime pay because a contract requires it or by an employer’s voluntary policy. Otherwise, any employee properly exempt from overtime pay does not receive it regardless of how many hours the employee works.
Employers try to evade overtime pay by underpaying for work time or not paying at all. This can steal substantial wages from employees. Common ways employers refuse to pay overtime pay include:
- Shifting hours from one week to another to avoid overtime pay
- Misclassifying employees as exempt
- Recalculating hourly pay to avoid overtime pay
- Improperly excluding compensation from the overtime pay calculation
- Requiring employees to work off the clock
- Not including time spent waiting to work on the job
- Not paying for working lunches and other supposed break times in which work occurs
Employers who steal from their employees’ wages are liable for unpaid wages, attorneys fees and other monetary relief. This includes claims for unpaid overtime pay as well as retaliation claims against an employer who retaliates against an employee for complaining about unpaid overtime pay. If your employer does not pay overtime pay as required or retaliates for requesting unpaid overtime pay then you should contact Fort Worth overtime lawyers right away. There is no benefit to delaying contacting an overtime pay attorney.