Don’t put up with no overtime pay. Discover your options for getting the compensation you deserve.
Americans are working more than ever. A 2014 Gallup poll found that full-time U.S. workers report working an average of 47 hours per week. Even as the national conversation about changing overtime pay rules and regulations continues to unfold, there are many who are legally owed overtime pay, but are not given their rightful compensation by employers. If you are working overtime hours with insufficient or no overtime pay, it is important to equip yourself with an understanding of your rights and the options that you have to get the compensation you deserve.
At the Law Offices of Thomas More Holland, we want to help workers like you who are working extra hours with no overtime pay. Below are three important steps that you can take if you are being unfairly compensated or paid no overtime despite your extra work.
Understand Your Overtime Rights
One of the most important steps that you can take is to equip yourself with an understanding of the Fair Labor Standards Act and how it applies to your situation. Although this is a complicated area of law, even a general overview of your rights to overtime pay can help you to take the next step forward. For free resources that can help you to understand your rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act, our blog can be a great place to start!
Keep Good Records Of Hours With No Overtime Pay
Once you have an understanding of what your rights are and how they are being denied, you need to keep clear records of how many hours you are working for no overtime pay. Document the dates and times you work in a place that they cannot be easily altered or removed by your employer. If your employer ever asks you to report fewer hours than you have actually worked, be sure to record this information as well.
Contact An Attorney & File Your Report
Finally, with this information, you are ready to file a report with the Department of Labor. However, because these situations are often confusing and highly technical, it can be helpful to contact an attorney first. An experienced employment lawyer can help you navigate the system and represent your interests throughout this processes. He or she can also provide the protection you may need in the case of employer retaliation.
You don’t need to continue working extra hours for no overtime pay. Take the first step toward justice today.