Both state and federal law require employers to pay their employees appropriate overtime pay when they have worked over 40 hours in one workweek. It is not uncommon for employers to deny workers their overtime wage, so they can retain more of their profits. This is unfair. If you have been denied your overtime wages, it is important to seek legal help today. Our Akron unpaid overtime attorneys can help you hold your employer liable so you recover the wages you rightfully earned.
Both federal and state laws require employers to pay employees overtime pay. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is federal legislation that requires all private and public employers to pay employees overtime pay of one-and-a-half times their regular wage for every hour worked over 40 hours. Although the Act outlines certain employees that are exempt from the law, most employees are entitled to receive this overtime pay. The Ohio Minimum Wage Fair Standards Act (OMWFSA) also outlines laws that largely mirror the FLSA. Under the OMWFSA, employers are also required to pay non-exempt employees one-and-a-half times a worker’s regular wage when they have worked over 40 hours per week. These laws have governed workplaces and the wages non-exempt employees receive for decades. Still, it is extremely common for employers to violate these laws and refuse to pay employees the fair wages they deserve.
Employers violate the rights of employees in a number of ways when they are trying to get away with not paying them appropriate overtime. Some of the most common overtime violations are as follows: Forcing employees to work off the clock before or after their scheduled work time, Threatening employees with termination if they do not work unpaid overtime, Promising comp time in lieu of overtime pay, but never fulfilling that promise, Misclassifying employees as independent contractors so they are not responsible for providing overtime pay, Improperly categorizing employees so they are considered exempt when they are not under the law, Providing managerial titles to staff members with the hope that the employee will think they do not qualify for overtime, Improperly counting tips while calculating overtime wages for tipped employees, and Wrongfully informing tipped employees that they are not eligible for overtime Unfortunately, the above are just a few of the most common overtime violations employers attempt to deny workers their rightful pay. If your rights have been violated, it is crucial that you speak to an Akron unpaid overtime attorney today.
Determining if you are eligible for overtime, and if your employer has committed a violation is difficult. At Coffman Legal, LLC, our experienced Akron unpaid overtime attorneys will provide the clear and factual answers you need, and advise you of your legal options if you have not received proper pay. Call us today at (614) 949-1181 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.