When an employer has taken unfair and perhaps illegal actions to avoid paying an employee, it can have a significant impact on workers and their families. Detrimental impacts on their livelihoods can create suffering for workers if they are incorrectly classified or are victims of unpaid overtime. When workers put in extra overtime hours at work, they understandably expect to receive overtime pay.
When overtime becomes expected, and goes unpaid, it can lead to harm to workers and their families.
If a worker has worked greater than 40 hours in a work week, and is not compensated for their work, they may have legal rights and remedies to consider. A variety of different types of workers may be due unpaid overtime pay and can include workers in movie theaters; computer programmers; business and marketing professionals and others.
Additionally, workers who are mis-categorized as managers or independent contractors, for instance, may have a valid wage and hour claim against their employer or the party they are performing work for. When an employer fails to pay a worker for the work they have performed, it can have far-reaching consequences on the worker's life and their future and that of their family members. In addition, the employer may be liable for their failure to pay employees or for unlawfully denying employees their rights.
Because of the importance of earning a fair living for workers to support themselves and their families, it is also important for workers to be familiar with their rights and remedies when they have been treated illegally or unfairly. Workers should understand how to protect themselves when they are owed unpaid overtime or have otherwise suffered wage and hour violations.