Employers are required to pay their employees for work performed over 40 hours per week. Unfortunately, however, that does not mean all employers follow this law. If you haven’t been properly compensated for working overtime, you may want to speak to an overtime lawyer. Here are a few benefits of hiring a lawyer.
A Lawyer Can Determine If Your Employer Broke the Law
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay their non-exempt workers time and a half if they worked more than 40 hours in a single week. An experienced overtime lawyer can review your case and determine if your employer broke the law or not. Common tactics employers use to avoid paying overtime are not paying employees for meeting, docking hours, failing to keep accurate time records and making employees clock out after they have worked 40 hours.
A Lawyer Can Inform You of Your Options
If you have just discovered that your employer has not paid you for working overtime, you should learn about options. An employment lawyer can carefully explain all of your options and lead you in the right direction. For example, your lawyer may first advise you to discuss the issue with your employer. There is a chance that your employer might have made a mistake. If your employer doesn’t take your complaint seriously, your lawyer may then suggest pursuing a lawsuit.
A Lawyer Can Estimate How Long Your Case May Take
If you want to pursue a lawsuit against your employer for unpaid overtime, you are probably curious about how long the process will take. After reviewing the specific details of your case, an employment lawyer may be able to estimate how long your case will take to settle. If you have to bring your case to trial, understand that your case will take longer to finalize.
A Lawyer Can Help You Determine If You Should Bring a Private or Class Action Lawsuit
If you have not been paid for working overtime, there is a chance that other employees in the same company have not either. In this case, it may be worth it to pursue a class-action lawsuit against your employer. Your lawyer can help you decide if you should consider this type of lawsuit or not.