Taking action over unpaid overtime

On Behalf of | Mar 23, 2021 | Employment law

If your employer asked you to work overtime and failed to pay you the compensation you are legally entitled to, you need to explore your options. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry reports that workers who do not receive overtime pay they deserve can take their employer to court or file a complaint with the state’s Bureau of Labor Law Compliance. Regrettably, many workers continue to face hardships related to denied overtime and other types of wage and hour violations.

Sometimes, employees struggle with speaking out against these violations. Whether you worry about retaliation or lack confidence, review your rights and do not give up.

When must employers pay overtime?

The Department of Labor and Industry states that workers must receive additional pay when their workload exceeds 40 hours in one week. Although there are some exceptions, the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act covers a majority of hourly and salaried workers. For every hour in excess of 40 in one particular workweek, an employee must receive at least 1.5 times their typical pay.

Other laws related to overtime

The DLI also states that employers have the right to require that employees work overtime, although they must provide overtime pay. Moreover, employees do not have the ability to waive their right to overtime pay and employers cannot ask staff members to give up their right to overtime pay. Sometimes, workers do not even realize that they need to receive additional compensation and if your employer has tried to take advantage of you with respect to overtime pay or any other facet of employment law, take action.