A couple of weeks ago we discussed the minimum wage dispute that is brewing here in Texas. Regardless of whether the minimum wage is ultimately raised, Texas workers do have rights to certain wages under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
Violations of the FLSA frequently occur when employers fail to pay workers properly for overtime hours. Under the FLSA, any non-exempt worker who puts in more than 40 hours in a given week must be paid one and one-half times his or her regular rate of pay for those extra hours.
A Texas woman recently sued her former employer for allegedly not paying her overtime wages, according to the Southeast Texas Record.
The Collin County woman worked as an operations associate for an online foreign exchange broker for about three years. She says that during that time, she was not paid one and one-half times her regular rate for her overtime hours.
She is asking the court to award her damages for the unpaid overtime wages, as well as other fees and costs.
Employers often try to bilk workers of overtime wages in various ways. One way that employers might do this is by purposely misclassifying employees as exempt. The FLSA limits the types of jobs that qualify for exemptions.
In other situations, employers may force workers to put in extra hours off the clock.
Wage and hours issues can be complicated, but those in Texas who think their employers are denying them overtime pay might benefit from talking to an employment law attorney about their rights.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Operations associate sues former employer for overtime wages," Michelle Keahey, July 29, 2013