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Chicago Employment Law: Your Rights to Overtime Pay

Securing Your Rightful Overtime Compensation in Illinois

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and various Illinois statutes regulate overtime (OT) pay, commissions, and other monetary compensation for nonexempt employees. Some employers will try to sidestep the FLSA by giving employees false titles, such as a manager or executive, to make it appear that they are exempt. In reality, the job duties and structure are that of a nonexempt employee and as a result, the employee should be paid according to FLSA regulations.

If you believe you have been denied overtime pay, the lawyers at Edelman Combs Latturner & Goodwin, LLC will use the FLSA and corresponding Illinois laws to protect your employee rights. We fight hard to help you obtain the favorable resolution you are seeking.

For a free initial consultation, contact ECLG online or by phone at (312) 626-3585.

Understanding FLSA Violations and Your Rights

The FLSA is in place to protect employees’ rights and ensure that all employed individuals are fairly compensated for their work. When an employer violates the FLSA, they are susceptible to the penalties outlined in the Act.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act:

  • A nonexempt employee is entitled to receive one and half times the normal pay for any hours worked over the standard 40 hours/week
  • An employer must pay a nonexempt employee at least the minimum wage

Sometimes it can be difficult to know if your employer has actually violated the FLSA. At Edelman Combs Latturner & Goodwin, LLC, we have extensive experience handling these types of cases. Our Chicago employment law attorneys will review employment contracts, hour log sheets, pay stubs, and any other documents that can help us determine if regulations were violated. From there, we can determine what legal action needs to be taken and help you collect the compensation you are legally entitled to receive.

If you think your employer violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by denying OT or other compensation, contact us right away. Call (312) 626-3585 to schedule a free consultation.

Commonly Asked Questions

How can I tell if my employer in Illinois has violated the FLSA regarding my overtime pay?

Determining if your employer in Illinois has violated the FLSA can be challenging. However, signs of violation include not receiving one and a half times your regular pay rate for overtime hours, being misclassified as an exempt employee to avoid overtime pay, or being paid less than the minimum wage. If you suspect a violation, it's advisable to consult with a knowledgeable attorney who can review your employment contracts, hour logs, and pay stubs to assess any discrepancies and advise on the appropriate legal action.

What steps should I take if I believe my overtime pay rights have been violated in Chicago?

If you believe your overtime pay rights have been violated in Chicago, the first step is to gather evidence such as pay stubs, hour logs, and employment contracts. Next, consult with an attorney experienced in employment law to evaluate your case. They can help you understand your rights and determine if your employer has failed to comply with the FLSA. Legal professionals can guide you through the process of claiming any unpaid overtime compensation you're owed.

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