When working for a company, most employees believe that in exchange for their performing the work, they will be paid. Long hours at any job can put stress on a family, but that is only compounded when some of that work goes unpaid. A man claims that his former employer -- RCMN Credit Services Inc. -- violated wage and hour laws when it forced him to work off-the-clock without pay. His class-action lawsuit has been filed in a federal court in Texas against the company as well as several other defendants.
The plaintiff worked for the company for a little over a year as a non-exempt, hourly employee. Reportedly, he was scheduled to work 40 hours each week and was told that he was not permitted to clock in to start work until a specified time. This would not have been an issue if the plaintiff had not been asked to start doing work-related tasks before he could log in.
He, as well as other similarly situated employees, were told that before they could clock in for work, there were some duties they were required to perform. This included starting their computers and beginning their start-of-day tasks. According to the complaint, the company knew that it was violating the law when the employees were asked to do this, but it intentionally forced this man and the other employees to work unpaid.
The Texas man is accusing the defendants of denying overtime pay and violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. He is seeking legal fees, unpaid wages, and other redress from the court. All companies should be well-versed in understanding wage and hour laws, but still some attempt to cheat their employees with underhanded tactics. It is in the best interests of all employees to regularly document hours that should be classified as overtime as well as any suspicious activity as this information can be instrumental in a positive outcome to reclaim any lost wages.
Source: setexasrecord.com, "Worker sues RCMN Credit Services over alleged violations of the FLSA", Carrie Bradon, Jan. 14, 2016