In the workplace, the rights of employees are violated in many ways. From discrimination to wrongful termination, these violations can create numerous challenges for those whose rights have been ignored or intentionally violated. However, overtime violations are especially problematic and some workers in Kansas City and other parts of Missouri are not even aware that they are being taken advantage of. There are different ways in which overtime violations occur and it is important for employees as well as employers to understand the law and take action in the event that it is broken.
According to the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, when overtime takes effect an employer is obligated to compensate an employee at 1.5 times the rate of their regular pay. If an employer asks an employee to give up their overtime, this constitutes a violation of employment law. Moreover, employees are not allowed to forfeit overtime pay voluntarily. When an employee works for more than eight hours in a single day or 40 hours in any given week, their employer is required to pay them overtime. Those who believe that they have not received overtime pay that they were entitled to need to look over their rights immediately and may want to file a complaint.
Unfortunately, overtime violations will keep occurring and some employees will not even recognize that the law was broken. Moreover, others fear that they will be fired for speaking up, which is also illegal. Please understand that this blog is intended for informational purposes and not legal advice.