An overworked convenience store manager received back pay for denied overtime after an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division. The convenience store manager, Mr. Zach Forrestall, worked numerous long hours for his employer despite never receiving overtime. The employer failed to pay both Mr. Forrestall’s and his colleague’s overtime.
Eventually, he confronted the employer who adamantly refused to pay any overtime. Eventually, he was forced to quit school and eventually look for another job. He was unable to enjoy life due to the huge time commitments demanded by his job.
After he had found a new job, the Wage and Hour Division investigated and discovered several discrepancies. First, the employer would destroy time cards. Second, he also falsified records. The purpose of these actions was to hide the amount of time his employees were working to ensure that he did not pay overtime.
Ultimately, the Wage and Hour Division was able to recover sufficient evidence to establish back pay for 11 abused employees and to recover additional liquidated damages. Mr. Forrestall received $7,400 in back pay from his former employer.
If you believe you are the victim of denied overtime, then you may want to contact an employment law attorney. A lawyer can review the law and advise you of your rights to ensure that you are receiving your fair wage. You don’t need to wait years to recover money that you are owed; a lawyer can help get the money you deserve. Taking action sooner than later can keep this from occurring again.