Healthcare Worker Wage Claims Attorney
Healthcare workers provide valuable services to people in need. Unfortunately, these dedicated workers are often taken advantage of by their employers when it comes to fair pay.
The federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires that employers compensate workers for all hours worked. If your employer violates the FLSA rules, a healthcare worker wage claims attorney in Houston TX can help you get the wages you have earned.
Wage Violations for Healthcare Workers
Federal and state laws require hourly healthcare workers to be paid 1.5 times their regular hourly rate for any time worked over 40 hours in a 7 day period. If you work while off the clock, such as before work or during break times, your employer is still required to pay you for that time.
Because of the nature of healthcare work and the responsibility these employees have for patient care, it’s common for break times to be interrupted or to work past the time a shift is scheduled to end. You are still entitled to pay for that time worked.
Nurses and other healthcare workers also may believe they are exempt from overtime laws because they are paid a salary, and not an hourly wage. In fact, many salaried workers are incorrectly classified as exempt from overtime rules.
The overtime exemption rules under FLSA have specific requirements that must be thoroughly met, or your employer can be held liable for wage violations. The requirements for the “learned professional exemption” take into account:
- Weekly earnings
- Area of specialization
- Level of discretion and judgment required in work
Whether your employer has wrongly classified you because of a misunderstanding of the law or because of a desire to pay you less than you deserve, you are still entitled to your wages.
Getting Help With Healthcare Worker Wage Claims
If you are a healthcare worker who has been incorrectly compensated by an employer, it’s important to reach out to a employment attorney in Houston TX. At Powers Law Firm, we know the overtime laws and can determine whether wage violations exist. Don’t accept less than what you are owed for your work. Contact us today for a consultation.