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If you work overtime, meaning time in excess of the standard 40-hour workweek, federal and state law entitles you to special compensation. Overtime must be paid at a rate of one-and-one-half times your normal wage rate per hour. If your employer has failed to pay the overtime you are owed, an Elyria wage and hour attorney at Scott & Winters Law Firm, LLC can help you file a claim in pursuit of fair financial compensation. Our unpaid overtime lawyers stand with wronged workers in Elyria.
As a worker, you are entitled to overtime pay under both state and federal laws. Ohio Revised Code Section 4111.03 requires all employers in the state to pay workers a wage rate of one-and-one-half times the standard amount for every hour worked over 40 hours in a single workweek. For example, if a worker normally makes minimum wage in Ohio($10.10 per hour), he or she would legally be owed $15.15 per hour in overtime for every hour worked over 40 in one week.
Another law requiring overtime pay is the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. This law states that every employee that is not exempt must legally be paid the overtime rate for all hours worked over 40 hours in a workweek, with no limit on the amount of overtime employees may work. Exempt employees under federal law include certain types of caregivers, babysitters, family business employees and professionals.
Depending on a worker’s base pay rate and how many overtime hours he or she has worked, overtime pay could be significant. An employer in Elyria may use many creative tactics to avoid paying overtime wages owed. You may be a victim of any of the following common wage violations:
If you are not receiving the overtime pay that you know you deserve based on how much you typically make and the number of hours you have worked, you may be eligible for compensation through an unpaid overtime wage claim in Elyria.
Start documenting your case as soon as you realize that you are missing overtime pay. Gather your employment documents, including recent pay stubs and hour sheets. Notify your employer of the issue; there is a chance that it was an honest mistake that can be remedied. If your employer denies unpaid overtime or refuses to pay what you are owed, however, contact an Elyria unpaid overtime lawyer at Scott & Winters Law Firm, LLC for assistance. You may need to go up against your employer in an unpaid overtime claim or lawsuit in Ohio to receive the compensation that you deserve.
It is important to act quickly if you believe you have a case of unpaid overtime in Elyria. You have a maximum of two years to file this type of claim in Ohio under the statute of limitations. Acting quickly can also help you build your case while important evidence and documentation are still available.
Contact Scott & Winters Law Firm, LLC by calling (216) 446-8886 to schedule a free case consultation. Our wage and hour lawyers will carefully review your case, explain your rights under the applicable overtime laws and let you know how we can help. Contact us today.