Nothing is more frustrating than putting in the hours at work without receiving fair compensation. Your time is valuable, and you have a right to both regular wages and overtime pay when applicable.
Sometimes unpaid overtime can be a simple clerical error. Maybe your employer is so used to paying you a set amount every week that he or she merely failed to take into account the extra hours that you worked.
In such a scenario, you should be able to secure the overtime pay you deserve by asking about it. If your employer is apologetic and gets the money to you right away, you may be able to write off the incident as an oversight.
In other cases, though, employers purposefully underpay their workers. There are several possible reasons for doing so, but none of them is justified.
For example, your employer may have a policy that requires prior approval before employees work overtime; however, that does not mean the company does not have to cover it when someone works more than 40 hours in a single week without approval. At the end of the day, state law trumps company policy, and employers must compensate all employees for their hours worked.
If your employer is withholding overtime pay from you, contact Moore & Associates to discuss your options. Call 713-581-9001 to schedule a consultation with a Houston unpaid overtime lawyer.
Will My Employer Have to Pay Interest for My Unpaid Wages?
If your employer takes several weeks—or months—to compensate you for the work you have performed, you may be wondering if you can recover more than just the wages owed to you. After all, you could have made that money work for you had you gotten it several months prior, or you could have at least used it to avoid having to pay late fees for various bills that you could not cover until receiving payment.
According to CNBC, almost half of all Americans live paycheck to paycheck, and 61 percent do not have enough in their emergency fund to cover six months of expenses. If you don’t have a solid financial buffer, unpaid overtime wages could affect your financial security and force you to pay hundreds of dollars in late fees when you finally do receive the wages you deserve.
Fortunately, you can pursue more than you actually earned by filing an unpaid overtime claim against your employer. In addition to unpaid wages, you may be able to recover interest, penalties, and attorneys’ fees.
If your employer has yet to pay you for overtime and you want to file a wage claim, contact Moore & Associates. Our firm only represents employees, and we exclusively practice in the field of labor and employment law to ensure that our clients receive our full attention.
Call 713-581-9001 to schedule a case evaluation with a Houston unpaid overtime attorney. You can learn more about employment law claims in Texas by visiting USAttorneys.com.