OVERTIME PAY DISPUTES IN ORLANDO
ABOUT FLORIDA’S OVERTIME LAWS
Under federal law, you are entitled to receive overtime pay for any time that you work past 40 hours in any given week, with few exceptions. Provided that you are not an independent contractor or other type of worker exempt to the overtime laws, your employer is required to pay you overtime. Overtime pay is calculated at “time-and-a-half,” or 150% of your normal wages. If, for example, you normally are paid $10 per hour, your overtime rate would be $15 per hour for every hour you work beyond 40 in a single work week. Overtime is guaranteed by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which applies in Florida and throughout the nation.
Unfortunately, not all employers in Orlando follow the overtime laws. All too often, an employee who has put in legitimate overtime hours is be denied the additional payment that he or she deserves by an employer who is trying to cut costs and protect the bottom line by avoiding paying extra to the employee. After all, overtime pay is more expensive to the employer. In other cases, employers may try to escape the responsibility to pay overtime by misclassifying employees as independent contractors. By doing so, your employer can seek to avoid the obligation to pay time-and-a-half for hours you work beyond the normal 40 hours.
Learning that you are being denied the overtime pay that you deserve can be a frustrating experience. Perhaps you put in extra hours in the expectation that you would be rewarded for going above and beyond. Maybe your employer threatened you with termination if you refused to work more than 40 hours. In some cases, an employee will learn that he or she should not actually be classified as an independent contractor after years of working long hours without realizing that overtime should have been paid. Fortunately, the provisions of the FSLA make it possible for you to sue for unpaid overtime.
DAMAGES AVAILABLE IN OVERTIME PAY DISPUTES IN ORLANDO
You could not only receive payment of the additional wages you are due, but could additionally be paid damages in an amount double the value of unpaid wages. Your employer could even be ordered to pay your attorneys’ fees. To learn whether you have grounds to file an FSLA lawsuit and begin working on your case, contact us now at the Fisher Legal Group for a consultation with one of our Orlando employment law attorneys. We offer free case evaluations so that you can find answers to your questions and get the help you need.
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