Millions of Americans work extra hours every week in order to earn overtime pay for their hard work. However, some employers may try to deny this overtime pay by claiming their workers are exempt. If you find yourself suffering from this problem, don't hesitate to contact an employment law professional right away to pursue legal action.
Not Paying You Overtime Is A Federal Crime
The federal overtime provision states that employees who work over 40 hours in a single week must receive overtime pay. This provision is put into place to protect people from being overworked and to compensate them when there is no other choice. Most of the time, companies will work hard to ensure this doesn't happen because overtime pay is typically one-and-one-half more than what you normally make.
If your boss is trying to deny you this pay, but is also forcing you to work more than 40 hours, they are committing a serious federal crime. However, they may try to get around it by improperly arguing that you and your co-workers are exempt from this provision.
Improper Understanding Of Exemptions May Be To Blame
There is a strong chance that your boss or employer is trying to argue that you are exempt from overtime pay for some reason. There are certain people who are exempt from getting this type of pay, but they aren't that common. For example, commissioned sales employees usually don't get overtime pay, and computer professionals getting at least $27.63 an hour are also exempt.
Other exempt people include seasonal or recreational workers, mechanics, aircraft salespeople, many airline employees, babysitters, companions for the elderly, and even many in the fishing industry. If you don't fall under any of these guidelines, but your boss is trying to claim you do, they are breaking the law and can be pursued legally.
You Can Pursue Legal Action
If you believe that your employer is denying you overtime pay unfairly, you need to contact an employment lawyer right away. That's because you can likely pursue a lawsuit to either force your employer to pay you the money that they owe you or can sue them for damages and other issues caused by them denying you overtime pay.
For example, you can show that a lack of overtime pay caused you to miss certain payments that you would have made if you received the pay. Just as importantly, you can get a doctor to testify that working excessive hours has done physical and even emotional damage to you and that you deserve compensation for these issues.
Thankfully, there are a lot of employment law professionals available for you to hire. Each of these professionals understands the federal laws that dictate overtime and will work extra hard to ensure that you can get the proper pay that you deserve for your extra hard work.
Get in touch with a business like John H. Haskin & Associates, LLC for more information.