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Was not paid “Overtime” pay

Posted By: Rebecca Radosevich

Q

I worked for a company and was paid salary. But they never gave me help and many weeks i worked 50 or more hours and only got paid for 40 do I have any legal recourse to get paid for the extra hours i worked? I am no longer employed with the company i feel they forced me out.

A

I’m sorry to hear about your problems with your former employer.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that an employer compensate an employee for all hours worked, including time and one half for all hours worked over 40.  There are some exceptions to this rule (or “exemptions” as the Act defines them).  Certain jobs may be exempt from overtime, which means that the employer can pay a salary without having to pay overtime for time worked over 40 hours per week.  The FLSA has four separate exemption categories.

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