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Birmingham Overtime Violations Attorneys Ensure Employees Get Proper Pay for Extra Hours

Alabama employment attorneys ensure compliance with federal law

Federal law requires higher rates of pay for employees who work overtime, but employers may attempt to deprive qualified workers of this extra compensation. Sometimes employees are paid at the wrong rate for extra hours and sometimes not at all. If you suspect you haven’t received overtime pay to which you are entitled, the dedicated labor law attorneys of Sanford Law Firm in Birmingham, Alabama, will work promptly to determine and enforce your rights.

Dedicated labor lawyers enforce the Fair Labor Standards Act in Alabama

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal wage and hour statute that entitles most employees of most businesses in the country to time and a half — 150 percent of their normal wages — for any work they do beyond 40 hours a week. This may include time they were present, but not working, at their employer’s premises or any other designated work area as well as work performed off the clock, but does not include non-working lunch breaks or travel time between work and home. But not every worker is entitled to overtime. A business is required to pay overtime only if it either:

  • Generates at least $500,000 a year in sales or
  • Does business across state lines

Even if your company meets one of those criteria, the FLSA overtime requirement does not apply to all employees. Those who are exempt from overtime pay include:

  • Executive, administrative and professional employees who are paid a salary of at least $455 per week
  • Independent contractors
  • Salespeople who regularly work outside their employers’ offices
  • Employees of seasonal amusement and recreational businesses, organized camps and religious and nonprofit conference centers
  • Seamen and fishermen
  • Employees of small farms
  • Casual domestic babysitters

If you are uncertain whether or not you are covered by the FLSA’s overtime provisions, we can examine your situation and make that determination.

How employers may deprive their employees of overtime pay

Employers often try to avoid paying overtime by mischaracterizing non-exempt employees as exempt employees, undercounting the hours they work or paying overtime at the wrong rate. If you suspect that you have been deprived of overtime pay to which you are entitled, we can review the facts of your case and seek compensation for your any income you are due.

Determined attorneys fully vindicate employees’ rights

If your employer has deprived you of overtime to which you are entitled, our first move as your counsel will be to demand the wages due. If the employer refuses to pay, we can bring suit in court to enforce your rights and recover damages. An overtime suit must be brought within two years of the violation, unless your employer’s failure to pay was allegedly willful, in which case you have three years to sue. Your damages may include:

  • Your unpaid wages and other compensation you would have received but for the violation, plus interest
  • If your employer cannot prove it acted in good faith, a penalty that doubles the amount you receive
  • Your attorneys’ fees and court costs

The dedicated employee-side labor lawyers at our firm will work diligently to win everything to which you are entitled as quickly as we reasonably can.

Contact a skillful Alabama lawyer about your unpaid wage or overtime issue

Sanford Law Firm represents Alabama employees who claim not to have received proper wages, overtime pay, benefits or leave. Please call 205-675-0726 or contact us online to schedule a meeting at our office on Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North in Birmingham.

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