What you need is an overtime lawyer who is devoted to hour and wage law and whose primary concentration is salary and wage law. Even on a federal level, the amount of employment law clinics that specialize in helping people who have been paid less than their regular rate for their work is quite small (there are about five thousand such practices on the federal level). If you cannot find a lawyer practicing in your state or city, it is best to try to find one who specializes in the particular area of law in which you have been cheated. The Hedgpeth Law Firm PC is an excellent resource for this. An attorney who has done more than ten cases of overtime law will have established himself in the area and can easily help you if you get cheated.
You have a right to ask for what you are owed by an employer; if you do not ask, you are not owed anything. But if you ask and you are not properly compensated for it, you may be in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA states that any employee who has been paid less than the normal rate for his work over a period of one year must be paid the same rate, even if he has been paid less for the same work over a number of months or years. In addition to being a violation of the FLSA, you are also duty bound to file a complaint with the U.S. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) if you are cheated by your employer.
Therefore, it is very important that you engage an attorney who focuses on the specific areas in which you have been cheated. For instance, if you were paid an extra week of paid maternity leave and you have been told that you should collect that money along with your regular maternity leave money, you should get legal advice as to whether you are entitled to earn that additional money. The U.S. Department of Labor enacts the FLSA, and the Department of Labor’s overtime rule is applied to all employers across the country. Therefore, if you work for an employer who does not apply the Overtime Rule to their employees, you may be entitled to claim payment for the extra time you spent working beyond your normal hours. To learn more about your rights as an employee, contact an experienced Overtime Lawyer.