Houston Overtime Lawyer
The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal law governing minimum wage and overtime payments. This law requires that employees be paid for ALL hours they work. When your employer fails to pay you the correct wages for your time, a Houston employment lawyer can help you get the money you have rightfully earned.
Who Gets Overtime?
According to the federal and state overtime laws in Texas, regular hourly employees must be paid a rate of 1.5 times their regular hourly wage for all hours worked over 40 hours in a 7-day time period.
Salaried employees and employees who work on a commission basis often believe they are not entitled to overtime pay, but this is not always true. While there are exemptions from overtime laws, they are not as clear and specific as many employers would like workers to believe.
One class of workers that is not typically entitled to overtime pay is an independent contractor. However, many times a company will classify a worker as an “independent contractor” to avoid paying overtime, even though the worker actually is an employee.
If you are working more than 40 hours a week and being denied your increased wages for those extra hours, a Houston employment lawyer can evaluate your situation and determine whether you have a legal claim to additional wages.
Being wrongfully denied overtime pay can result in the loss of thousands of dollars a year in wages that you have rightfully earned. Sometimes, the lost wages are just a mistake made by an employer who doesn’t fully understand overtime laws. In other cases, employers intentionally misclassify workers or miscalculate hours to deny these wages.
Miscalculating hours can come in many forms. For example, your boss may tell you to clock out, then ask you to do additional duties, or an employer may deduct time for meals or breaks even though your worked through those times.
Getting The Overtime Wages You Are Owed
It doesn’t matter whether an employer intentionally or accidentally denies you overtime wages; if you are legally owed the money, your employer needs to pay it. Denying overtime pay to an employee who is eligible for it can result in serious consequences for an employer.
If you’ve approached your employer and been denied the wages legally owed to you, then it’s time to talk to a Houston overtime lawyer for assistance. Contact the experienced employment litigation attorneys at Powers Law Firm today to get help holding your employer accountable for the wages they owe you.