Under Ohio overtime law, employees who work for more than 40 hours in a given week must be paid overtime pay. The law, however, exempts certain categories of employees from receiving overtime pay.
Who is eligible to receive overtime pay in Ohio and who is exempt? Let us take a look.
The following categories of employees are exempt from Ohio’s overtime laws. What it means is that if you fall into any of the following categories, your employer is not required to pay you overtime pay – irrespective of the hours you put in.
o Executive employees
o Administrative employees
o Learned professionals
o Creative professionals
o Computer professionals
o Outside sales employees (sales persons who perform their duties away from their employer’s office or place of business)
Any employee who does not fit into one of the categories listed above is eligible to receive overtime pay from their employer.
Under Ohio OT law, non-exempt employees must be paid an overtime pay which is equal to 1.5 times their regular pay. For instance, if you make $12 per hour, your employer must pay you $18 in overtime pay for every hour you work in addition to 40 hours in a given work week.
It should be noted that many employers in Ohio tend to deliberately misclassify their employees as exempt employees just so they can avoid paying overtime pay.
For instance, your employer might classify you as a white collar employee or an executive or administrative employee, despite the fact that your job duties are similar to those who are classified as non-exempt employees.
In some cases, your employer might ask you to work off-the-clock and exclude those hours from your work week. In some other cases, your employer might miscalculate your hourly rate by excluding commissions and shift differentials so that they can reduce your overtime pay.
Whether it is deliberate or unintentional on your employer’s part, violating Ohio overtime law is a crime and you have the right to file a claim against your employer and seek damages.
At Scott & Winters, we know the value of hard work. If you have been unfairly deprived of overtime pay by your employer, we can take up your case, fight for you, and recover the overtime pay you are owed, along with other damages.
Our wage and hour lawyers are exceptionally knowledgeable, highly experienced, and committed to fight for workers’ rights. Over the years, we have recovered millions in unpaid wages and overtime pay for our clients through negotiated settlements and verdicts.
If you are in need of an experienced Ohio overtime lawyer to represent you, call us today at 216-912-2221 or fill out this contact form for a free review of your case.