Before 1938, American employers had the legal power to force workers to put in more than 40 hours of work each week, with no additional pay for working overtime. Employers also did not have to pay a minimum wage, which meant workers had no legal way to earn more than a paltry few cents an hour. With the organized labor movement beginning to have a considerable impact on American politics, the United States Congress passed a groundbreaking law in 1938 that improved compensation for workers.
One of the key elements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 concerns the establishment of overtime pay for qualified American workers. Knowing what the law on overtime pay is can be important to ensure workers receive additional compensation for working more than 40 hours per week. After the passage of the FLSA, several states expanded the protections granted for workers, such as requiring employers to pay overtime after an employee works eight hours in one 24-hour period. A majority of states have established a minimum wage that is higher than what the federal government has established.
If your employer has failed to pay what you deserve for working overtime, you should contact one of the experienced overtime attorneys at Morgan & Morgan. Working with an employment lawyer ensures you file a claim against your employer before the deadline established by state or federal laws. A lawyer helps you organize the evidence you need to file a persuasive claim that seeks back pay for unpaid overtime. If your employer intentionally withheld overtime pay, you might have a strong enough case to file a civil lawsuit that seeks monetary damages.
Schedule a free case evaluation with one of the highly-rated overtime attorneys at Morgan & Morgan.