Unpaid wages are a problem in any economic era, but they can be especially damaging during tough times.
Not receiving timely wages, commissions or bonuses makes a difficult situation more stressful. At EA Law, we’re committed to making sure you’re compensated for all of the hours you work for your employer. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulates wage, hour and overtime payments. According to the FLSA, employees are entitled to receive at least minimum wage for all hours worked and are entitled to a special overtime rate for any hours worked more than 40 in a single work week.
If you work more than 40 hours and are not an exempt employee, you are entitled to at least 1.5 times your regular hourly wage for all hours worked after the first 40. For example, if you make $10 per hour and you worked 50 hours one week, you would be entitled to $15 per hour for the 10 hours worked after the 40 hours, entitling you to an additional $150 ($15 x 10).
Some employees are exempt from receiving overtime, but many companies inappropriately classify employees to avoid paying overtime. For example, an employee who is typically hourly will be placed on salary and not offered overtime. Or an employee is offered cash for working off the clock for those hours worked in excess of 40 hours in the work week. Unfortunately, some employers fail to give you the overtime compensation you’re entitled by law to receive.
Under the FLSA, a prevailing or winning employee is automatically entitled to have their attorney’s fees paid by the employer. Therefore, there is never a fee or cost to you unless you prevail against your employer.
EA Law offers free consultations to discuss whether you would be entitled to receive unpaid wages, overtime wages or any other compensation withheld by your employer.
• You’re requested or demanded to work off the clock
• Your time sheet is altered to reflect no overtime, even though you’ve worked overtime.
• You’re denied overtime because it was not approved in advance by your manager or supervisor.
• You’re paid your regularly hourly wage for overtime.
• You’re granted comp time for your overtime hours.
• You’re paid less than Florida’s minimum wage.
• You’re denied breaks or meal time even though you are entitled to them.