At The Law Firm of James Hawkins APLC, we understand how frustrating it can be to work extra hours and not get paid for them. Overtime pay is a legal right that is granted to eligible employees who work more than 40 hours per week, and it is crucial that employers honor this right. Unfortunately, some employers fail to comply with the law, leaving their employees with no other option but to seek legal assistance.
What To Do If Your Employer Refuses Overtime Pay
Talk To Your Employer
If your employer refuses to pay you overtime, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. The first step is to speak to your employer and try to resolve the issue amicably. Sometimes, employers may make a mistake or overlook your overtime hours, and a friendly reminder may be all that is needed to get your pay.
Keep Accurate Records
It's essential to keep accurate records of your work hours, including overtime. You can do this by recording your hours in a diary or using a digital time-tracking app. If your employer disputes your overtime claim, having accurate records can be beneficial in proving your case.
File A Complaint With The Labor Department
If your employer refuses to pay you overtime, you can file a complaint with the California Labor Commissioner's Office. They will investigate your claim and determine if your employer has violated any labor laws.
Consider Filing A Lawsuit
If filing a complaint with the labor department does not result in a resolution, you may need to consider filing a lawsuit against your employer. Our experienced attorneys can help you navigate this process and represent you in court.