Non-exempt employees who were denied overtime pay can file an overtime lawsuit in federal or state court. The worker may be eligible to recover back pay, an equal amount in liquidated damages and prejudgment interest.
Overtime lawsuits should not be pursued alone. If you have been denied overtime at your job, fill out our free case evaluation form. Our overtime lawyers will evaluate your claim, at no cost to you, to determine your eligibility for an overtime lawsuit.
A worker can recover unpaid overtime wages for the two-year period prior to filing the claim. He or she can also collect overtime earned while the lawsuit is pending. If the company is held liable, they may also have to cover attorney fees.
Many overtime lawsuits are won simply because the employer failed to keep accurate time records for their employees. Employers must keep wage and hour records for every worker under their employ. Information that employers must keep on each employee includes:
If an employer fails to keep these records, they may have a hard time disproving an employee's overtime claim in court.
Under federal law, employers cannot fire or retaliate against employees who file overtime lawsuits. If employer retaliation has occurred, the employer can be held liable, both civilly and criminally, for their illegal actions. Some examples of employer retaliation include:
If your employer retaliated against you for filing an overtime lawsuit, you may be eligible to collect overtime damages. Contact our overtime lawyers today to find out how you can hold your employer accountable for their illegal actions.