Texas Unpaid Overtime for Repair Technicians Attorneys
Repair technicians typically don’t leave until the job is done, and often that means working overtime. Unlike a typical nine-to-five job, your schedule is based on the problems that you were hired to fix. The long days at work, spent away from your family, are exhausting and grueling. When employers refuse to pay you for the time you spent finishing a project, just to save on paying an overtime rate, it crosses a red line. You deserve to be paid for the hours you worked at the rate at which you and your employer agreed. When employers try to deprive you of what is rightfully owed to you, it is not only dishonest, it’s disrespectful. In addition, employers may try to classify you as an independent contractor when you should actually be an employee. If your employer fails to pay you over time or categorize you correctly, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for the hours and overtime hours that you worked.
Leichter Law Firm PC can help. You work hard for your paycheck and you should collect every dollar that you earned. Our law firm has the experience you want on your side to fight for your rights. Because of our extensive work with employees from nearly every industry, we are familiar with the ways that employers may try to avoid paying workers for overtime hours worked. We understand the sacrifices you have made to provide for your family, and we refuse to let you collect less than what you are rightfully owed. Leichter Law Firm PC has dedicated our careers to helping the working families of Texas take back what was illegally withheld from them. As an employee at a place of business or as a contractor who should be an employee, you have the right to make a claim, and we can help make your voice heard. Call us at (956) 205-0884 to speak with a member of our team, or contact us through our website so we can get started today.
Why Choose Leichter Law Firm PC
The frustrating nature of unpaid overtime can be stressful for families, and your employer will try their hardest to escape justice. Our firm has committed to assisting workers throughout the state of Texas to secure what is rightfully theirs. We use state of the art technology to hold employers accountable for their greedy actions, and we have made it our mission to give every client our best effort. Using aggressive tactics and digging deep into a company’s records, our legal team is comprised of highly dedicated, knowledgeable Texas unpaid overtime attorneys that invest their time and energy in learning the details of each individual case. We will work tirelessly to represent your best interests, and we have proven ourselves in the past. Don’t hesitate to reach out for a free consultation. You have nothing to lose, so contact us through our website or call us at (956) 205-0884.
Cases We Handle
The law protects every employee from working overtime and not getting paid, but that doesn’t stop employers from refusing to pay overtime to employees who are non-exempt. As a repair technician, your job involves a wide-range of responsibility, and for every bit of work you do, you are on the clock. Repair technicians are required to be paid for every work-related duty, but often times employers will contest the time you put in. Common discrepancies that deceptive employers unfairly dispute:
- Reviewing work-orders at the beginning of a shift
- Checking supplies before you leave
- Traveling between job sites
- Filing paperwork
- Waiting for a customer
- Work vehicle maintenance
- Work meetings
- Restocking materials to do your job
- Answering work-related phone calls
- Participating in training
- Waiting for software to load
- Responding to emails
If you are working more than 40 hours a week, then you are likely owed overtime. Certain classifications of employees are exempt from overtime, but many repair technicians do not fall into those categories. Leichter Law Firm PC has the experience and proven success to assist you in your unpaid overtime claim. We are eager to hold these employers responsible, and we want to hear from you today.
Frequently Asked Questions
We receive many similar questions from repair technicians looking to obtain the overtime pay they are owed. We’ve provided a few of these questions for your convenience, below. Call us at (956) 205-0884 with additional questions or for more detailed answers.
In Texas, what is the lowest overtime wage?
The minimum hourly wage in Texas is currently set at $7.25, as of 2018. Employers are required to pay employees 1.5 times their normal rate, so the minimum overtime wage in Texas is $10.88 per hour. This should be clearly identified on your pay stub.
How is overtime calculated?
Overtime is calculated on a weekly basis, and each week the count begins again. That means if you work 45 hours one week, and 35 hours the next week, you should earn five hours of overtime for the first week. Employers are not allowed to average your hours to avoid paying you overtime.
Can’t I just file a claim with the appropriate government agency?
You are certainly justified to file a formal complaint with the Texas Workforce Commission, and they do their best to help Texans with unpaid overtime. However, it may still be in your best interest to hire professional legal counsel to fight on your behalf to ensure that you recover every bit of compensation that you earned through your hard work.
What is the time limit for unpaid overtime claims?
The law generally permits workers to recover unpaid overtime for up to two years before the date the claim was filed, but in some cases, the court may grant up to three years of overtime wages. It is in your best interest to seek help from a law firm as soon as possible if you believe your overtime pay is being illegally withheld.
What if I agreed to work overtime for my employer without time-and-a-half pay?
The law protects workers from waiving their rights to overtime pay, and this type of agreement will not stand in court. Any form of agreement, verbal or written, that attempts to limit a worker’s rights to fair compensation is not valid. Overtime pay is required by law.
I do not have independent records of the overtime I worked. Do I still have grounds to make a claim?
Employers are required to keep meticulous records of their employee’s hours, and failure to retain this information will only add to the list of their violations. Many workers fear that without their time sheets, they will struggle to prove their claim in court. An experienced attorney will be able to help you find this information, and if the employer has willfully lost, destroyed, or neglected to keep accurate records, the burden falls on them to disprove your unpaid overtime claim.
Contact Leichter Law Firm PC Today
If you are a repair technician and your employer has unfairly denied your right to overtime pay, you do not have to take on the fight for your overtime wages alone. We have helped people all over Texas secure the unpaid overtime wages that they are owed, and we are here to help you. You need to hire a knowledgeable and experienced firm to fight on your behalf. Call Leichter Law Firm PC at (956) 205-0884, fill out a contact form, or chat with us live on your site to schedule a consultation to discuss your claim. We will evaluate your case and will fight on your behalf to recover the compensation that you earned through your hard work.