Q: Does my employer have to compensate me for hours I worked as overtime?
I was terminated today from my job.
I have worked close to 20 hours of overtime not asking for pay once, and was let go. I used to have documentation of this, but that file disappeared from my work computer shortly after I was terminated. They have proof that I came to work early and worked early though security camera feeds, and left late. This means overtime. I have not gotten paid for this time, so how would I make sure I get paid for this?
A: Generally, unless they are "exempt" from overtime requirements, employees must be paid for their overtime work. A knowledgeable employment law attorney could help evaluate whether or not a particular employee is/was exempt, the strength of their evidence, and the strength of their claim. Additionally, the Department of Labor might be willing to investigate and try to help collect.
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