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New Orleans is home to a bustling tourist industry, with some of the best food, music, and culture in the country. Unfortunately, the people who work at some of the restaurants, clubs, and other tourist hot spots that New Orleans is known for face labor violations, including denial of minimum wage and overtime pay.
Who is Protected by Overtime Laws in New Orleans?
Because the state of Louisiana doesn’t have its own minimum wage law, employers in New Orleans must adhere to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. This offers protections from wage theft, although that doesn’t stop violations from happening.
Sometimes wage theft is as simple as an employer denying their employee overtime when they work more than 40 hours in a week. Other times, violations are not as obvious. Some of the more common overtime and wage violations include:
“Off-the-clock” Work: There is no such thing as “off-the-clock” work. Employees are supposed to be paid for all the time they are furthering their employer’s business, even if it exceeds 40 hours a week.
Misclassifying Employees: Some employees are given job titles that would exempt them from overtime even though their job duties don’t match the FLSA exemption criteria. Only employees whose job duties pass the managerial, executive, professional, and administrative duties test are exempt from overtime.
Contact a New Orleans Overtime Attorney
When you’re hired for a job, you are supposed to be paid for the work you do. Denial of overtime or other wages you have earned is illegal and you don’t have to stand for it.
If you believe your employer in New Orleans has illegally denied you wages, we may be able to help. We are experienced overtime attorneys and we want to help you recover your lost wages. Contact us for a free case evaluation today.