If you work an hour, you should get paid for an hour. If you work forty hours, you should get paid for 40 hours. And if you work more than 40 hours, you should receive overtime pay. Nevertheless, some Florida workers do not receive the wages that their employers owe them. This results in numerous lawsuits every year related to hourly wage laws.
Perhaps the biggest challenge to enforcing wage and overtime laws is the fact that most Florida workers do not know what their legal rights are. Take overtime laws for example. If a Florida employee works for more than 40 hours in one week, the worker must receive his normal wages plus an extra half-wage for every hour worked. However, a lot of employers try to pay their workers less, and some workers never discover that they’ve been robbed of their pay.
The workers who know their overtime rights can speak up by bringing the pay discrepancy to the attention to their bosses. If the employer fails to compensate the employee, or refuses to compensate the employee, after the overtime pay discrepancy has been revealed, the worker may need to pursue a legal action in court to get paid. If successful, the employee can pursue financial compensation that represents the unpaid back wages and possibly other categories of damages in the lawsuit.
Workers sacrifice their time and their very lives for their jobs. They at least deserve to get paid according to Florida wage laws. If you feel that you’ve been jipped of the wages you’re owed, you might want to determine your legal rights and options.