The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) stipulates that workers should be paid for the time and effort they provide to an employer. Unfortunately, this doesn't always occur. Wage theft is a far too commonplace occurrence.
Workers in a variety of industries are routinely expected to:
- Work overtime without compensation
- Work off the clock
- Be improperly classified as an employee who is exempt from receiving overtime pay
- Be paid less than minimum wage
- Otherwise be treated in a manner that is against federal or state employment laws
Nonexempt employees must receive 1.5 times their regular hourly wage if they work more than 40 hours in one week.
At the law office of Robert B. Landry III PLC, we represent employees in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette, and throughout central and south Louisiana in unpaid overtime and wage and hour disputes.
Did you know? There are important deadlines that must be met in many wage and hour disputes. It is critical to contact an employment law attorney as soon as possible in order to protect your right to pursue a claim.
Are You an Exempt or Nonexempt Employee?
Whether or not an employee is exempt from receiving overtime pay is largely based on job responsibilities, whether the employee is paid on a salary basis and the salary level at which he or she is paid. Among other qualifications, an exempt employee must earn a minimum of $455 per week.
Exempt positions include:
- Outside salespeople
- Some computer-related workers
It is important to emphasize that an exempt employee cannot be determined based solely on job title.
We file separate lawsuits as well as collective actions. Employees who are owed overtime pay may be able to collect penalties and attorney's fees in addition to unpaid wages.
Has your employer failed to pay you for overtime work? Whether or not you are eligible for overtime pay is dependent on whether you are an exempt or nonexempt employee. Generally speaking, an exempt employee is not eligible for overtime pay, while a nonexempt employee is. Talk to a lawyer to determine your specific legal options.
Managers can be personally liable for unpaid wages. If an employer is found to be acting in bad faith, the employee may be eligible for a potential award of up to twice the amount of the unpaid wage.
Committed to Keeping Companies Honest
Mr. Landry has experience handling wage and hour disputes and other employment law cases. His previous work on the "other side" of these cases as a corporate attorney provides him valuable insights into how companies defend themselves in these cases. This helps us build strong cases for our clients.
Contact Us for Help With Unpaid Overtime and Wage and Hour Issues
The most important step to stopping an injustice regarding wages is to allow an experienced employee rights lawyer to review the facts of your case. We will provide you a straightforward assessment and what steps to take.
Call 504-345-1220 or 225-349-7460, or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation.