Wage and Hour Laws in Louisiana
Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), overtime-eligible employees who work more than 40 hours in a workweek are legally entitled to receive 1.5 times their regular hourly rate. Many employers try to avoid paying overtime by misclassifying workers as independent contractors, paying a day or piece rate, or claiming an exemption from overtime. Often these classifications are not FLSA compliant and workers subject to these payroll policies have claims for unpaid overtime. Another route employers take to avoid paying overtime is by requiring employees to work off-the-clock. Finally, some employers may opt to pay their workers a “day rate” to avoid tracking hours and attempt to avoid paying overtime.
Just because you may be classified as an independent contractor, paid a day rate or piece rate, or were told you are exempt from overtime does not mean you are not eligible for overtime. Call or contact us to discuss whether you are eligible for overtime and if you have an unpaid overtime claim.
How Our Unpaid Wages Lawyers Can Help You
At Bohrer Brady, LLC, we specialize in workplace-related disputes and employment law. Our overtime attorneys have years of experience representing clients in Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Shreveport, and all throughout Louisiana in unpaid overtime and wage and hour disputes. We have the knowledge, resources, and experience to get you the unpaid overtime wages you deserve. Wage and hour overtime claims have strict legal deadlines that must be met, so it is critical that you speak to one of our employment lawyers as soon as possible to protect your right to make a claim.
From unpaid overtime to retaliation, and any other wage and hour dispute, the employment attorneys at Bohrer Brady, LLC can assist you in recovering damages against your employer for their failure to pay the appropriate wages. As an example, if you were not paid overtime, you may be eligible to receive:
- Back pay for what is owed but has not been paid
- Liquidated or double damages
- Legal costs and attorney fees
We can also help you file a lawsuit on behalf of your co-workers (collective action) if they are in the same situation as you. It is important to remember that, in general, an FLSA lawsuit must be filed within two years of the non-payment of wages, or three years if the employer’s actions were willful.
Exempt and Non-Exempt Employment Status in Louisiana
An employee’s exempt or non-exempt status and the right to receive overtime pay are primarily based on job responsibilities and how they are paid. Factors are whether the employee is paid hourly or on a salary basis and whether they perform administrative or supervisory duties.
Examples of common exempt positions include:
- Outside salespeople
- Computer-related workers
If you are not doing this type of work and you do not get paid overtime, you may have a claim. An exempt employee cannot be singled out and determined purely based on their job title. Our overtime attorneys can review your situation and help you understand whether or not you are an exempt or non-exempt worker who is entitled to overtime pay.
Contact Our Unpaid Wages Attorneys in Louisiana
If you are an employee in Louisiana who feels that their employer has illegally withheld overtime pay or other compensation for hours worked, contact the employment lawyers at Bohrer Brady, LLC for legal advice and representation.
Our overtime attorneys are dedicated to ensuring that employees get the pay they deserve for the hours they worked. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your employment case with one of our knowledgeable lawyers.