Accounting Professionals – Wage and Overtime Lawyers
If you are an accounting professional who has not been compensated fairly and accurately by your employer, the wage and overtime attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm PC can help you. We have decades of experience fighting on behalf of accounting professionals who are the victims of wage and overtime theft on the part of their employers. Our team of attorneys focuses on these cases and is ready to pursue claims for workers across the state of Texas.
According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), overtime is any time worked more than eight hours per day or forty hours per week. The federal act also stipulates that employers must pay their employees 1.5 times their standard hourly rate (or time-and-a-half) for any overtime hours they work. The FLSA states which classes of employees may be categorized as exempt from overtime compensation, but some employers may fail to recognize these highly-specific categories or may choose to willfully ignore the law to keep from paying overtime to qualifying employees.
At the Leichter Law Firm PC, we work hard to protect workers who haven’t been paid the overtime wages that they are rightfully owed. We have the knowledge that you need on your side to hold your employer accountable if they fail to pay you the wages you are owed, and we have a proven track record of success in helping professionals just like you with their claims. Contact us at (956) 205-0884 or fill out a contact form on our site to let us get started on your claim immediately.
Do I need an overtime lawyer?
If you are an accounting professional who has worked more than forty hours a week and your employer did not pay you for the time, you may have an overtime wage claim. Texas follows the federal laws (in particular, the FLSA), so your employer is required to pay you one and one half your hourly wage if you work more than eight hours a day and more than forty hours in a week. Thousands of accounting personnel across Texas fall into this category, yet their employers fail to pay them the wages they are owed.
That’s why you need to have an experienced Texas wage and overtime lawyer on your side. You need a legal team that has a comprehensive understanding of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and how it applies to your particular profession. While there may be some confusion regarding a worker’s duties and their classification according to the FLSA on the part of an employer or their human resource’s team, a knowledgeable attorney will be able to identify what your status is and whether or not you are owed overtime wages.
Why Choose the Leichter Law Firm PC?
When you hire an attorney to represent you in a wage and overtime claim against your employer, you want to have the very best representation possible. You want a legal team that has the experience and resources available to handle your case, and you want a team that will fight aggressively for you. The team at the Leichter Law Firm PC has built a reputation for protecting the rights of workers in Texas, and we are ready to fight for you. We believe that you should collect every penny you are owed for the hours you worked, and we will not let your employer cheat you out of money that you earned.
Wage and Overtime Claims We Handle
At the Leichter Law Firm PC, we have extensive experience helping accounting professionals just like you with their wage and overtime claims. We know the mistakes that employers commonly make, as well as the intentional tactics they may employ to avoid paying you overtime purposely. We are prepared to handle cases involving:
- Off-the-clock work
- Employee misclassification
- Meal breaks
- Wages and hours
- Job title misclassification
While these are a few of the types of cases we have handled in the past, we know that there may be other situations that are not listed above that may qualify. If you believe that you may have an overtime claim, don’t hesitate to contact us at (956) 205-0884 today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Employees are often unaware of overtime laws, and many do not know about the different classification of workers. Your employer may give you a title that does not fit your qualifications or the actual duties that you perform, and you may assume that you are exempt from overtime when you are not. These issues and much more often comprise wage and overtime claims. We understand that you likely have questions about your rights, especially if you suspect that your employer has not paid you for hours that you worked. Contact us immediately at (956) 205-0884 if you believe that you may have a claim. In the meantime, we have provided the answers to a few frequently asked questions for you to read below:
When was the FLSA enacted?
Congress enacted the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938, in direct reaction to the widespread exploitation of workers during the Great Depression. The FLSA served to standardize hours, wages, and working conditions across the U.S. While the act was amended several times after it was in place, the standard 1.5 overtime rate has not changed.
Who is exempt from overtime pay?
If you are an accounting professional, you may be wondering if your position is non-exempt or exempt from overtime pay. Positions that are commonly exempt from overtime pay are executive positions, administrative professionals, outside salespersons, teachers, and some technical professionals. In some cases, the descriptions of these positions may be vague or confusing, so whether or not an employee should be considered exempt or not is often a highly contested issue in an overtime case.
What might I be owed if I have been wrongly denied overtime that I earned?
The following remedies may be owed to an accounting professional who wins their overtime case against their employer:
- Overtime that was not paid to the employee
- Time-and-a-half damages for all hours over forty hours per week
- Liquidated damages penalty for violating the FLSA, which may mean an additional amount (usually equal to the amount owed for overtime) to the employee
- Court costs and attorneys’ fees
If you prevail in your overtime claim, you may be eligible to recover the wages you are owed, plus penalties, and have your court costs and attorneys’ fees covered by your employer.
What if my employer retaliates against me?
Under the FLSA, your employer cannot retaliate against you or terminate you for filing a complaint or participating in legal action against your employer in a wage or overtime claim. If your employer does so, they may be held accountable for additional penalties, including punitive damages if they retaliate, discipline, or terminate you for taking action to remedy a wage issue.
Contact us today
The attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm PC have built a reputation for helping professionals who have not been paid the fair wages they have earned. We know how hard you work for your paycheck, and we understand that not being compensated accordingly can put undue stress and strain on your life. Your employer owes it to you to pay you for work that you perform according to the Fair Labor Standards Act, and if they fail to do so, they can and should be held accountable for that failure. You have every right to take legal action against unscrupulous employers and you should expect to recover the wages that you should have been paid in the first place.
Don’t trust your claim to an attorney who does not understand wage and hour claims, or one who has never fought and won a case like this in the past. When it comes to your pay, there is no reason to gamble with your legal counsel. Turn to a law firm that has the right experience, knowledge, and ability to recover on your behalf successfully. Don’t wait until it is too late to file your claim. Contact the wage and overtime lawyers of the Leichter Law Firm PC at (956) 205-0884 to recover the pay that you are rightfully owed.