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Denied overtime pay, worker sues former employer

Employees working in the minimum wage range face job-related challenges that often would seem to necessitate the assistance of an attorney. However, many people in this labor force demographic are just trying to keep the electricity going and put food on the table. They may not feel that they ought to contact an attorney to work out their employment-related disputes no matter how valid these disputes are.

But when an employer fails to pay legally earned wages, employees may have little recourse except to address the matter via an attorney. Recently, an industrial cleaning technician filed a suit against his Texas based employer for violating the Fair Labor Act. He is suing his ex-employer for wages and overtime pay that he says he is entitled to.

It would clearly be beneficial for someone in this situation to have documentation of the wrongs they claim their employer is guilty of. A simple pay stub may not reflect the inaccurate information; employees who are owed more than they have been paid need to be able to show in some way that they have worked hours that they were not paid for, or that they have been paid less than what they were owed under minimum wage laws.

The fact is that no one, whatever their pay rate, can afford to be taken advantage of. If you are unsure your case merits a court visit, discuss it with an attorney who understands every nuance of the law and can help protect your rights as an employee in this country.

Source: Southeast Texas Record, “Industrial cleaning technician sues for minimum and overtime wages,” Michelle Keahey, July 29, 2013

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