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How can you know if you are receiving fair wages for overtime?

When a California worker has concerns about his or her rights regarding fair wages, he or she has the right to seek a beneficial outcome, as well as legal support to address the concern. If you suspect your employer is not paying you fairly, you would be wise to take quick action to protect your interests and seek the pay to which you are entitled. This is often a common concern for workers paid by the hour. 

Before you move forward with legal action, a smart first step is to determine whether your employer falls under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The FLSA is a federal statue that protects your right to fair pay, particularly as it pertains to overtime pay. If you have concerns about your pay, it could be prudent to first reach out for guidance regarding your rights and your legal options.

Know your rights in order to protect your rights 

You may not be sure if you are a type of employee protected by the FLSA. This could be a concern for you if your employer often requires or requests that you work overtime yet does not pay fairly. You may be under the protection of the FLSA if the following apply to you: 

  • You make $23,600 or less per year.
  • You are not a salaried employee.
  • You are not in management or a leadership position at your work.

If the preceding apply to your individual situation, it is likely you are entitled to overtime pay.

What can I do to protect my rights?

It is important to protect your rights as an employee, particularly if you are not receiving fair overtime pay. One of the most important and practical things you can do is seek legal guidance as soon as possible. It may be appropriate to pursue a civil claim against your employer for unfair or illegal wage practices. This could allow you to pursue compensation for damages and unpaid wages.

If you think you are experiencing a violation of your rights, you do not have to navigate these matters on your own. It can be helpful to start with a complete evaluation of your case. By seeking help, you can understand the options available to you and how you can move forward with the most beneficial course of action. You have rights, and you do not have to fight for these rights on your own.

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