The relationship you have with your employer will either fail or succeed based on the employer’s willingness to pay you fairly. If you do not receive fair compensation for any overtime that you work, it is only natural for a dispute to arise.
Taking legal action in the event of an overtime dispute can help you secure the compensation, or damages, that you deserve. By understanding when it is appropriate to file a claim and what damages you can win, you will be able to take the best steps toward a favorable outcome.
When should I file a claim against my employer for a wage dispute?
The Fair Labor Standards Act enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor states that all employers must pay at least “time and a half” for time worked in excess of 40 hours in one week. You may have sufficient grounds for filing a claim if your boss fails to meet the required overtime premium when rendering your payment.
What damages can I receive in an overtime dispute?
If the court rules in favor of your case after filing a claim against your employer for a wage violation, you might recover a few types of damages. You can reasonably expect to receive the unpaid wages due to you by your employer. You might also receive interest on those unpaid wages, as well as compensation for your attorney fees or even a penalty payment from your employer if the court deems it appropriate.
When your company or boss neglects to pay you the legally-required premium for your overtime hours, you have the right to pursue those unpaid wages through legal action. In some cases, you may receive additional compensation for your time or suffering.