How would you like to work and not get paid for all the hours? If your employer has cheated you out of overtime wages you may feel intimidated and helpless, as if there is nothing you can do to get your money. You may be afraid that if you take action, you will be fired or demoted and that it will hurt your chances of getting another job. When employers cheat employees out of overtime pay, they are breaking the law, and you have a legal right to compensation without retaliation.
Federal law requires employers to pay overtime wages. Overtime is any work performed in excess of 40 hours during one week. By law, you are entitled to one and a half times your normal hourly rate for all hours worked over 40 hours in one work week.
How companies make big profits by cheating you “just a little bit”. Some employers use the direct approach, bullying their employees. Most are sneaking, using complicated pay schedules to obscure where and how they are cheating you. Some companies believe that if they cheat each employee just a little bit, they can get away with it because no one will go to the trouble of fighting it. If your employer cheats you out of $25 here and there that you have earned for working overtime it may not seem like much. Multiply that by hundreds or thousands of employees, and you can see just how much large companies have to gain by cheating employees out of overtime pay. When you let it go because you don’t think it’s worth the hassle, you prove to them that the scheme is working and they continue to cheat their employees.
Wal-Mart is one of the most scrutinized companies in history. It has been repeatedly investigated by federal and state agencies. According to lawsuits filed in a number of states, Wal-Mart “cheats” workers out of at least hundreds of millions of dollars in pay every year. A recent court case in Texas found at least one hour of unpaid work a week by workers being forced to work through their 15 minute breaks. Over four years time, the...