These days, many workers may feel like they are overworked and underpaid. There are laws in Massachusetts and at the federal level providing that workers must be paid for the work they perform. When full-time employees put in more than 40 hours a week, it is required by law that they get paid overtime. However, some employers choose to incorrectly pay their employees, which is a direct violation of wage and hour laws. A worker in another state recently filed a federal lawsuit over allegations that her employer failed to pay overtime.
The woman worked for a communications business. She filed a lawsuit after her employer allegedly neglected to pay her for working overtime hours. The lawsuit claims that the plaintiff worked more than 40 hours in a week for several weeks performing security and cable installations without receiving overtime pay.
The plaintiff alleges that her employer intentionally neglected to pay her for overtime and violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. The FLSA states that employers must pay employees at least one and one-half times regular pay for hours worked in excess of 40 a week. The plaintiff seeks trial by jury and all unpaid overtime compensation along with court costs, attorney fees and other damages.
Workers in Massachusetts are protected by federal wage and hour laws. Workers who feel they have been denied rightful compensation by their employer can take legal action. A successful lawsuit could help these workers get back on their feet and gain the rightful compensation that they deserve.
Source: setexasrecord.com, “Installation technician alleges employer failed to pay overtime“, Philip Gonzales, June 19, 2017