It is only right that employees in Massachusetts and across the country get paid for the work they provide. However, in today's fast-paced economic climate, businesses are continually looking for ways to cut costs. Unfortunately, these cost-cutting measures sometimes affect the livelihood of hard-working employees. Failing to pay workers is a direct violation of wage and hour laws. A worker in another state recently filed a lawsuit, claiming that his employer failed to compensate him for working overtime.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff works part-time as a police officer and claims that he was not paid appropriately for working overtime. The plaintiff claims that, despite being part-time, he works over 40 hours per week quite frequently. Allegedly, the plaintiff is only being paid his hourly wage for overtime, and not being paid the correct amount of time and a half.
The plaintiff claims he submitted several complaints to his superiors, all the way up to the financial officer of the department. However, according to the plaintiff, the alleged complaints were never addressed. The plaintiff is seeking unpaid overtime and damages, as well as attorney's fees and other damages.
Denying wages and overtime pay to workers a violation of wage and hour laws. Despite being protected by these laws, workers across the country are continually being treated unfairly. Workers in the state of Massachusetts that have been subjected to unfair acts by their employer could greatly benefit from seeking the services of an experienced employment law attorney. A successful lawsuit could help workers gain the rightful compensation that they deserve.
Source: nj.com, "Part-time cop making $15 an hour sues borough for unpaid overtime", Don E. Woods, March 7, 2017