Your employer is never permitted to pay you less than the statutory minimum wage. In general, hourly employees must also be paid overtime wages for work beyond eight hours per day, or forty hours per week. Many employers try to avoid these requirements by unlawfully misclassifying their employees as “overtime exempt,” or as "independent contractors." Some employers implement “no overtime” policies on paper, only to require additional, unpaid labor from their workers. Employers may also fail to provide their employees with all meal and rest periods required by law, which also results in work without pay.
You are lawfully entitled to full payment of all wages earned during your employment. If your employer requires you to conduct work while “off the clock,” or refuses to pay your earned overtime, you may be owed reimbursement of your unpaid wages, along with applicable statutory penalties.
If you believe you have been a victim of wage theft by a past or present employer, please contact the Law Office of N. William Metke today for a free, confidential consultation.