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If you work for an employer who has not given you all of the wages that you are legally owed, including overtime pay for hours worked, the attorneys at Scott & Winters Law Firm, LLC are here to help you. Our experienced unpaid overtime lawyers are dedicated to helping employees in Parma, Ohio and the surrounding areas recover unpaid overtime compensation. We understand how frustrating this situation can be and are committed to fighting for your rights as an employee.
Employees in Ohio have a right to receive overtime pay under state and federal law. Ohio’s overtime law states that an employer must pay an employee for overtime hours worked at a wage rate of one and one-half times the employee’s typical rate for hours worked in excess of 40 hours in one workweek. For example, if an employee typically makes $16 per hour, his or her overtime rate would be $24 for each hour worked over 40 hours in one week. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act also protects an employee’s right to receive this rate of overtime pay.
If you believe your employer is underpaying you by not paying you overtime, first make sure you are not an exempt employee. Under state law, certain employees are not eligible for overtime pay. If you are one of them, you will have no legal recourse for not being paid overtime, as your employer in Parma will legally not need to satisfy this requirement. Ohio’s overtime wage law lists several types of exempt workers:
In addition, highly compensated employees, or those who receive an annual salary of at least $107,432, are exempt from Ohio’s overtime law, as are employees who are paid a salary of $35,568 per year and work as certain types of executives and administrative professionals. If you fall into any of these categories, your employer will not legally owe you overtime pay, regardless of the number of hours you worked.
Employers who are legally required to pay overtime may try to avoid this obligation in many ways. A common example is an employer knowingly misclassifying an employee as exempt or an independent contractor to get out of paying overtime. Another strategy is failing to pay a worker for “off-the-clock” work. Improper rounding or time editing and requiring an employee to work through meal or rest breaks can also lead to unpaid overtime.
You have rights if your employer is refusing to pay you the overtime wages that you deserve under state and federal law. Protect yourself with help from the Parma wage and hour attorneys at Scott & Winters Law Firm, LLC. We are highly experienced overtime lawyers who can help you file a claim if you have not been properly compensated for your hard work. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your unpaid wages.
Contact us today to schedule a free case consultation with one of our employment law attorneys in Parma. We will listen to your case and help you understand your legal options. Call 216-912-2221 to get started.