A county in Ohio is now facing a lawsuit filed by numerous Juvenile Court employees who allege that they are owed unpaid overtime.
Does Cuyahoga County Owe Employees Unpaid Wages?
This latest unpaid overtime lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Cleveland, OH, has been filed on behalf of all employees of the Juvenile Court – both former and current.
According to the court records, the plaintiffs were full-time employees who were regularly scheduled to work five 8-hour shifts each week. Yet on an almost weekly basis, overtime work was performed. They allege that Cuyahoga County calculated these overtime hours as regular hours and did not calculate them as overtime. They further claim that Cuyahoga County did not properly track employee’s hours, violating the Fair Standards Labor Act (FSLA).
The plaintiffs are seeking the overtime pay that they are owed as well as their attorney’s fees, court fees, and any other compensation that that court sees fit to provide.
A Cuyahoga County representative has not responded to the allegations.
What Is The FLSA?
The FLSA is a set of federal labor laws. These laws define:
- The minimum wage.
- Overtime wages.
- When and how much children can work.
- How employees can stand up for themselves when their rights have been violated.
When an employer violates the FLSA, they could potentially face a lawsuit filed by their employees.
How Long Do I Have To File An Unpaid Overtime Lawsuit?
A statute of limitations does apply to unpaid overtime lawsuits. This means that you only have two years to file the civil lawsuit. This time period starts on the date that your employer violated your wage and hour rights.
Is Anyone Not Covered Under The FLSA?
There are some employees that are considered exempt from the FLSA and so are therefore not entitled to the minimum wage or overtime pay.
Typically this includes:
- Independent Contractors
- Employees who are considered “Executives” or “Administrators”
- Outside Sales Employees
There are other specific jobs that are entitled to minimum wage but are not entitled to overtime wages. You can find the entire list of exemptions on our FLSA exemption page.
I’m Afraid To Report My Employer Because I’ll Get Fired
Thanks to the FLSA, an employer cannot retaliate against an employee for reporting them regarding a wage violation. If they do take this action and end your employment, you could be eligible to file a lawsuit.
Why Should I Work With An Attorney On My Unpaid Overtime Case?
The attorneys at Wage Advocates have the experience that you on your side. Our legal team has been standing up for the rights of American workers for more than 20 years.
The legal process is complicated and proving a case can be difficult. Our lawyers know where to find the evidence and treat each case as if it were their own.
We suggest that you speak with an attorney as soon as you realize that you may be owed unpaid overtime. Our lawyers offer a free consultation during which we will review your case and present you with your legal options.
How Much Does It Cost To Work With Wage Advocates?
Our law firm works on a contingency fee basis. This means that our fee comes directly out of an award that we obtain on your behalf.
Contact us today to learn more about our fees and how our legal team can help you fight for the compensation that you deserve.
Wage Advocates Work With Employees In All Industries
Our legal team is proud to represent all American workers. However, in our many years in law, we have found that wage violations frequently occur in the following workplaces:
- Fast Food Resturants
- Call Centers
- Financial Services
If you believe that you or a loved one are owed compensation, take the first step toward recovering those lost wages and call us today.