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Houston Wage and Hour Disputes (FLSA Claims) Lawyers

Though the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exempts overtime pay for select positions, it also entitles many Americans to receive overtime pay. In most cases, people that work more than 40 hours in a week legally deserve overtime pay. The FLSA also guarantees a minimum wage that employers must pay. Unfortunately, hardworking people sometimes do not receive the pay they have rightfully earned. If your job was misclassified as overtime exempt or you are being denied adequate wages, an attorney may be able to help.

At Williams Hart, our wage and hour disputes lawyers believe that anyone who is not exempt from overtime by the FLSA should receive the compensation they have rightfully earned by working overtime. Our Houston legal team understands how taxing working more than 40 hours a week can be, and is prepared to help you fight for the pay you have earned.

FLSA Claims for Overtime

Unless your position is exempt, you should be paid an overtime rate of time and a half, or 150% of your normal wage for every hour worked beyond 40 in a single workweek. However, it is not rare for employers to come up with inventive ways to deny people the overtime pay they deserve. Some reasons you may not be receiving full compensation for your work that may qualify you to file an FLSA overtime claim include:

  • Your employer does not compensate you for your time worked “off-the-clock” even though the work is related to your job, including pre-shift meetings or the time it takes to don safety gear
  • Your employer misclassifies you as exempt from overtime pay
  • Your employer miscalculates your overtime pay

If you feel that your employer has not been paying you correctly for your overtime hours, contact an experienced attorney that can help you file your claim.

FLSA Minimum Wage Claims

Unless your job is exempt from FLSA coverage, the federal minimum wage, as well as the minimum wage in the state of Texas is $7.25 an hour. Some reasons you may find yourself needing to file a minimum wage claim include:

  • Your job title was misclassified and you are making under $7.25 an hour
  • Your employer mistakenly believed you are exempt from FLSA minimum wage coverage
  • Your state minimum wage is more than the federal minimum wage but your employer is not acknowledging the higher of the two minimum wages

Should you find yourself earning less than minimum wage in a nonexempt job, you should contact a lawyer and begin filing a claim.

Jobs Exempt from the FLSA

Not everyone is covered by FLSA rules, especially when another federal labor law exists for that job field. Some people are not covered because they are in certain management positions or are paid a salary large enough to exempt them. Some areas of employment that are not covered by FLSA rules include:

  • Movie theaters
  • Restaurants
  • Many different jobs in agriculture
  • Railroad workers
  • Truck drivers
  • Sales employees

To verify if your job is non-exempt from FLSA regulations, contact an attorney.

Contact a Wage and Hour Disputes (FLSA Claims) Lawyer in Houston

If you feel that you have not received the wages you deserve or your employer is violating other regulations outlined by the FLSA, contact a wage and hour disputes attorney at Williams Hart today. Our legal team is dedicated to helping you receive the compensation and back pay you may deserve. To speak with someone at our Houston firm, call (713) 230-2200.

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