If you’ve worked more than 40 hours in a single week, you are entitled to overtime pay at 1.5 times your normal wage. Many people believe that because they are a tipped employee or a salaried employee, they cannot claim overtime pay, but that is not always the case. A Coral Springs employment attorney can advise you on whether you have been illegally denied overtime pay and what to do if you have.
How Long Can You Claim Unpaid Overtime For?
In most cases you can claim unpaid overtime for up to two years after the fact. If an employer is found to have recklessly violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), you may be able to claim overtime back wages from up to three years prior. The longer you wait, the less income that is rightfully yours can be claimed. Don’t wait to contact a Coral Springs overtime lawyer if you think you’ve been unfairly denied overtime.
Are You Worried about Employer Retaliation?
Employers are not allowed to retaliate against you for pursuing overtime back wages. They cannot fire you, fire your relatives, unfairly discipline you, withhold wages, or “blacklist” you. If they do, they can be held responsible in civil and / or criminal court.
Are You Concerned about Your Immigration Status?
Sometimes workers are afraid to come forward after having been denied overtime because they are not U.S. citizens, but the FSLA rules on overtime apply to non-U.S. citizens too. Your immigration status is not reason to be denied overtime. If you’ve earned overtime wages and your employer withholds them, the employer is stealing from you.
Why You Should Pursue Overtime Back Wages
Calling a Coral Springs employment attorney and pursuing overtime pay that you were wrongly denied can restore some of the money that you have earned. But more than that, it sends the message that employers cannot get away with cheating workers out of overtime pay. When you stand up for your employee rights, you’re also standing up for your working friends, spouse, and children and making employers less likely to try to deny overtime to workers who have earned it.