Unless you fall into an exempted class, federal law requires that employers pay you overtime at one and one-half times the regular rate for any time worked over 40 hours in a week. Employers cannot force you to exchange overtime pay for personal days and other benefits. Employers are not allowed to have meetings “off-the-clock”. You’re entitled to receive overtime pay for any extra hours you work. If your employer has not paid you overtime to which you’re legally entitled, we can help you enforce your rights.
Under federal law, an employer that knowingly and willingly refuses to pay you overtime wages may have to pay you an additional penalty over and above your unpaid overtime. You may double your unpaid overtime, plus attorneys’ fees. Under California law, an employer who willfully withholds overtime pay can be liable to pay you a penalty of 2% of the amount of monthly overtime pay arrears.
Certain types of white-collar workers are exempt from minimum wage and overtime laws. However, employers sometimes designate an employee as exempt even though that employee’s actual job duties require paying the employee for overtime. The laws concerning overtime pay are complicated.
If you feel you have been unfairly paid, contact an experienced wages, hours & overtime attorney in Sacramento at the Law Office of Bowman and Associates, APC to schedule your Free Initial Consultation today.