Unpaid overtime wage claims are on the rise in the state of Florida, including both civil lawsuits and complaints filed with the Department of Labor. The reasons behind these trends aren't exactly clear. It's possible that a struggling economy has reduced margins for small business owners who have consequently become reluctant to pay fair wages to their employees. Or it's possible that a growing number of employees are willing to come forward and collect the wages they've rightfully earned.
In either case, it's becoming more difficult for negligent employers to withhold fair wages and unpaid overtime. If you're owed back wages by your employer, what can you do to collect?
Unpaid Overtime Lawyers in Miami
First, enlist the help of a team of unpaid overtime lawyers in Miami or the surrounding area. An experienced attorney can help you file a complaint with the DOL or a civil lawsuit against your employer if necessary.
Second, find out exactly how much your employer owes you. Your overtime wages should equal your hourly wage times 1.5 for every hour you worked beyond a 40 hour week or eight-hour day. You'll also need to make sure you aren't classified as exempt from overtime rates. Some deceptive employers categorize employees as exempt even when they aren't, so work with your attorney to resolve your status.
Don't hesitate to file your complaint, and don't fear retaliation from your employer in the form of termination or suspension. The FLSA, or Fair Labor Standards Act, protects you from this kind of retribution.
If you believe your employer or past employer owes you overtime wages, contact Remer, Georges-Pierre & Hoogerwoerd, PLLC Law Firm at (305) 416-5000 or via the online contact form for a free consultation.
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