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Overtime and Minimum Wage

HAVE YOU WORKED OVERTIME WITHOUT BEING PAID FOR IT?

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to pay overtime pay to certain “non-exempt” employees.  Companies that do not pay their workers overtime as required by law are, in reality, stealing from their employees.  Crews Law Firm fights to help workers who are entitled to overtime pay.  If an employer has illegally not paid overtime, the law allows employees to collect past due overtime, plus an equal amount as liquidated damages, plus attorneys’ fees and costs.  Crews Law Firm normally handles overtime cases on behalf of employees at no cost to the employee and only collects attorneys’ fees if we win in court or are able to settle the case and get you compensation.    If you believe you may be entitled to unpaid overtime, contact Crews Law Firm at (512) 346-7077 or click here to schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers.

The types of employees who are entitled to overtime can be complicated, however, employees are generally entitled to overtime unless they fall into one of the following exceptions:

  • Administrative employees who do not do manual labor, whose primary duties involve general business operations and the exercise of discretion and independent judgment about matters of significance, and who are paid a salary of at least $455 per week;
  • Executive employees whose primary job duties are managing a division or subdivision of the company, directing the work of at least two employees with the authority to hire and fire, and who are paid a salary of at least $455 per week;
  • Professional employees whose work performance requires advanced knowledge, extensive education, innovation, creativity, or talent and who are paid a salary of at least $455 per week;
  • Outside sales employees whose primary duty is selling products or services away from the employer’s place of business;
  • Computer Systems Analysts paid a rate not less than $27.63 per hour and who design, develop, analyze, test, modify, or consult with users about computer systems and programs;
  • Certain agricultural employees;
  • Housekeepers, cooks, babysitters, and chauffeurs who provide domestic services and companionship;
  • Salespersons engaged in selling cars, trailers, boats or aircraft;
  • Highly paid employees earning at least $100,000 per year and who perform one or more of the above exempt jobs.

The laws also provide penalties for certain other wage and hour infractions such as failure to not pay minimum wage, and protection from retaliation for employees who file a complaint about not being paid overtime or minimum wage. If you believe you may be entitled to unpaid overtime, minimum wages or have been retaliated against for asserting your legal rights to be paid what the law requires , contact Crews Law Firm at (512) 346-7077 or click here to schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers.

Additional Resources

For more information on employment law and the types of evidence used in employment law cases, click here for an article written by Crews Law Firm Attorney Robert W. Schmidt published in the Texas Bar Journal.
Additional articles on employment law written by Robert W. Schmidt also can be found in his attorney profile.

For additional information on employment law, also visit the Workplace Fairness website at http://www.workplacefairness.org/.