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Employees fight to reclaim unpaid wages

On Behalf of | Sep 15, 2020 | Overtime And Wage Issues

Employers are required by law to pay their workers fair wages for every hour they work. It may seem like an obvious statement, but apparently not every employer knows or is willing to comply with this rule. Additionally, the Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to pay time and a half when an employee works more than 40 hours in a week.

West Virginia employees whose bosses take advantage of them may have options for reclaiming those unpaid wages.

Employees at facility underpaid

Workers at a CBD oil processing factory in another state are seeking compensation from their employer who allegedly committed wage theft in several ways. The employees claim they were told the company did not pay overtime no matter how many hours they worked, and they routinely worked as long as 18 hours a day and 60 hours a week. These extra hours counted as paid time off at their regular pay rate. This could add up to hundreds of hours of overtime the employer did not pay them.

Additionally, the employees’ complaint says that they were required to work off the clock. After clocking out, they had to meet with the incoming shift to brief them, and when they arrived for their daily shifts, they could not clock in until after their morning briefing. Mandatory weekly meetings were also apparently held off the clock.

Failing to pay overtime, keep records of employee hours or compensate for all time worked are violations of the FLSA. West Virginia employees should understand their rights under this law. An experienced attorney can provide answers and guidance to those dealing with unpaid wages and other related issues.