Texas Paralegals and Legal Assistants Overtime Attorneys
If you have worked over 40 hours a week as a paralegal or legal assistant in Texas, you should know that you qualify for receiving overtime hours. You’re entitled to receive compensation and potentially additional damages if an employer has denied your request for fulfilling unpaid wages. An overtime attorney at the Leichter Law Firm PC will thoroughly review the details of your case and will help you navigate the legal process.
Since 1999, the unpaid overtime claim attorneys at the Leichter Law Firm PC have successfully provided legal representation to paralegals and legal assistants all over the state of Texas. Over the last 19 years, we have gained a national reputation for verdicts, settlements and our expertise in the laws pertaining to receiving overtime wages. Our lawyers are dedicated to assisting employees in pursuing the overtime compensation they deserve for the hours they’ve worked.
For more than 19 years, the Leichter Law Firm PC has provided a wealth of information to employees in Austin, Houston, and McAllen. We are committed to making our client’s situation improve as they pursue the wages they have worked hard to earn. If you’re involved in an overtime wage concern, we will work diligently to help get the problem resolved. If you have worked overtime and have been denied your right to receive overtime wages, contact the Leichter Law Firm PC. We provide a free confidential consultation with one of our skilled overtime attorneys. Contact us by chatting live with one of our representatives by clicking the grey banner to the left of your screen, fill out our email form or call us at (956) 205-0884 to speak with a member of our legal team. Nosotros ofrecemos servicios en español también. Llame a Leichter Law Firm PC al (956) 205-0884 por más información.
Do I need an overtime attorney?
After you’ve been denied overtime wages, you are likely reeling with questions. How can I convince my employer to pay me for the hours I have worked? Why is my employee refusing to pay me? How will I pay my bills, rent, insurance, and other expenses without the money I worked so hard to earn?
An experienced employment attorney is essential for paralegals and legal assistants who have been denied their overtime wages by their employers. Our attorneys are highly experienced and knowledgeable on the laws relating to overtime in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). We’re aware of the tactics used by some employers as a means of preventing their staff members from receiving fair pay. We are aware of the repercussions for employees who attempt to retaliate against employees who request their overtime wages and have little tolerance for such behavior. You may be legally entitled to receive up to double the overtime compensation you were originally deprived of as a result of your employer’s illegal withholding of your wages.
If an employer has already denied you once, you need legal representation to take the next steps. Let us look into the facts of your case and handle the phone calls, research, and paperwork on your behalf. We are fully prepared to provide you with the thoughtful service and guidance throughout the legal process.
Why choose the Leichter Law Firm PC to handle my case?
If you need an attorney in Austin, Houston, or McAllen, you have a variety of options to choose from. However, not all overtime lawyers achieve the same results. Choosing the right attorney may determine whether or not you receive the lost wages you’ve worked hard for. These are some factors that set Leichter Law Firm PC apart:
Experience: the Leichter Law Firm PC was founded in in 1995 by Louis Leichter. We’re one of the older firms in the area, and few other attorneys can boast that level of experience.
Client Satisfaction: We understand the financial and emotional stress that our clients feel when they aren’t properly compensated for their work. For this reason, it has become our mission to provide our clients with high-quality service from our skilled and knowledgeable legal professionals. Our entire staff works diligently to ensure our clients have the correct information during the legal process. Read our glowing testimonials to get an idea of how we have helped others with their own overtime cases.
Our team: The firm’s founding partner, Louis Leichter is admitted in the state bar of Texas in the administrative, health and business law sections. He is also a member of the Pro Bono College of The State Bar of Texas, the NAADAC The National Association of Addiction Professionals, and the TAAP Texas Association of Addiction Professionals. Attorney David Langenfeld is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law Specialist and has been included in several publications and been asked to speak at esteemed conferences and lectures.
Overtime Facts and Statistics
In a report furnished by ParalegalEducation, Texas has the fourth- highest number of paralegals in the nation at 22,120 as of 2016. The salaries for paralegals in Texas rank in the top-15 of states for highest average salaries. The average annual for paralegals in Austin is $48,660, Houston’s average annual rate is $61,440, and McAllen’s is $47,400. According to the US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, typical problems arise when employers fail to recognize that compensation can be received for certain hours worked. An example includes an employee’s lunch hour spent answering the telephone. Any time spent while on duty is considered compensable hours.
The National Federation of Paralegal Associations has a wealth of information about qualifying for overtime for paralegals and legal assistants. The Department of Labor states in the background section of 29 CFR Part 541 that, “the FLSA generally requires covered employers to pay their employees at least the federal minimum wage (which is currently $7.25 an hour), and overtime premium pay for all hours worked over 40 in a work week. However, the FLSA includes a number of exemptions from the minimum wage and overtime requirements. Section 13(a)(1) of the FLSA, codified at 29 U.S.C. 213(a)(1), exempts from both minimum wage and overtime pay ‘any employee employed in a bona fide executive, administrative, or professional capacity or in a capacity as outside salesman.”
The regulations for “white collar” expectations require that three tests to be met for the exemption to apply:
- The employee must be paid a predetermined and fixed salary, not an hourly wage that is subject to reductions because of variations in the quality or quantity of the work performed (the “salary basis test”);
- the amount of salary paid must meet minimum specified amounts (the “salary level test”); and
- the employee’s job duties must primarily involve managerial, administrative or professional skills as defined by the regulations (the “duties test). See 29 CFR Part 541 at 15560.
The Department of Labor indicated that anyone working under the title paralegal, “will specifically remain non-exempt pursuant to 541.301(e)(7), unless they hold advanced specialized degrees in other professional fields and apply advanced knowledge in that field in the performance of their duties.”
Contact the Leichter Law Firm PC
The employment attorneys at the Leichter Law Firm PC know the people of Texas work exceptionally hard for their paychecks. We understand that paralegals and legal assistants often go above and beyond in their efforts to perform research, contact clients, schedule appointments and meetings, and to assist their attorneys in any way. We are sympathetic towards the legal support staff who work tirelessly to provide their attorney’s clients with exceptional and timely service. That being said, we also know that paralegals and legal assistants are dedicated to meeting deadlines and that sometimes means coming in to the office early, working through their lunch hour, and staying well into the evening to accomplish assignments and tasks.
Your employer should be providing you with the fair pay you deserve for working more than 40 hours a week. Whether you’re a salaried staff member, a 1099 employee, or a contractor, you’re most likely entitled to receive overtime. Unfortunately, some employers will provide partial or misinformation to their employees about their ability to receive overtime. We encourage you to watch our video, Am I Entitled to Overtime? to hear about some of the incorrect information that employees have in regard to their entitlement to receive overtime compensation. We do not advise that you hesitate or let your employer continue to deny you the money you’ve earned. That is why for more than 19 years, our attorneys have worked non-stop to ensure our clients get what they deserve.
If you have worked overtime and have been denied your right to receiving overtime wages, contact the Leichter Law Firm PC. We provide a free confidential consultation with one of our skilled overtime attorneys. Contact us by calling (956) 205-0884 to speak with a member of our legal team.