Texas Secretaries, Payroll Clerks, and General Admin Personnel Overtime Attorneys
Everyone deserves to be paid for their hard work and overtime efforts. At the Leichter Law Firm PC, we understand the importance of holding employers accountable and will fight for your legal right to fair and timely compensation. We provide legal representation to Texan workers that are employed in a variety of fields, including secretaries and office workers employed by small and large organizations alike. Since 1999, we have helped professionals across Texas by advocating for workers’ rights and litigating wage and hour claims against employers.
Whether you are currently a secretary or office worker, or a recently discharged employee, our attorneys are ready to help you. The Leichter Law Firm PC attorneys have successfully pursued overtime compensation cases on behalf of secretaries and office workers across Texas. We will work diligently to provide you with the hard-earned overtime compensation that you are entitled to. Regardless of whether your employer is part of a small business or a huge Fortune 500 company, we will fight for your rights. Contact us today at (956) 205-0884, or online, to speak with one of our experienced labor law attorneys about your potential claims and legal options.
Why You Need an Experienced Overtime Attorney
If you are a secretary or office worker that is owed overtime pay, you need an advocate that understands federal and state labor laws. A qualified attorney will be able to help you learn about which laws and U.S. Department of Labor standards apply to your situation. Statues like FLSA often contain exemptions, or exceptions, to overtime pay standards. These only apply in certain situations, such as certain publicly employed health professionals or police offers, among others. Your employer may attempt to use one of these exemptions or use other strategies to avoid paying overtime, but the attorneys at Leichter Law Firm PC can help you determine which laws your employer may have violated. We are will vigorously fight to hold your employer accountable and help you get the overtime wages you are owed.
Sometimes different labor standards may apply based on the type of employment. Employers are still typically required to pay overtime wages if an employee works beyond 40 hours within a week. However, some scrupulous employers try to avoid paying secretaries and office workers any overtime by misclassifying them. According to the Department of Labor, misclassification could mean that you lose out on benefits such as overtime compensation.
The overtime attorneys at Leichter Law Firm PC are experienced at identifying such misclassifications, and they are knowledgeable when it comes to the complex laws that apply to wage and hour claims. You need an attorney that will quickly, and accurately, identify the type of your employment, the laws that apply, any exceptions to those laws, and the consequences if your employer tries to retaliate. Regardless of how many years you have been working as a secretary or office worker—or other factors such as your immigration status—we believe that you deserve respect and equal treatment. Our attorneys have represented Texan secretaries and office workers for decades, and we have successfully helped our clients obtain the overtime compensation that they are owed.
Our Overtime Compensation Litigation Experience
Our attorneys are skilled at representing workers in litigation due to unpaid overtime. We also have experience representing secretaries and office workers who may have been wrongfully terminated or retaliated against. Sometimes employers feel threatened by workers who fight for their legal right to get paid for overtime work. The Leichter Law Firm PC is here to help you stand up to unscrupulous employers and bosses that impose overtime work but refuse to pay.
Legal Standards for Overtime Compensation
If you have had to work overtime in the past, your employer is required to follow both federal and state law standards for fair compensation and equal treatment. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that applies in Texas and requires employers to pay workers who put in more than 40 hours in a work week at a higher rate after the 40th hour. Even if your boss did not ask you directly to work more than 40 hours, you may still be able to get money for overtime that you worked. This is because FLSA applies even when an employee voluntarily continues working on a project or assignment beyond their normal hours.
Your employer may deny that they ever asked you to work overtime. They may even say that you volunteered to work additional hours or that they never knew you were staying late to work overtime. That doesn’t mean you are not owed overtime pay. The attorneys at Leichter Law Firm PC have experience dealing with these kinds of situations, and we will help you prove your case. Our skilled legal team will take the time to research all federal laws that might apply to your situation and will help build the evidence that you need to prove your case. As your attorneys, we will take the time to:
- Review your employment contract
- Determine the type of employment that applies to your situation
- Apply relevant federal and state labor laws to argue your case
- Calculate the total sum of overtime wages that you may be owed
- Fight to get you any damages or penalty fees that you may be entitled to
We know that office workers and secretaries are some of the busiest employees that support businesses and organizations in every sector. At the same time, litigation and settlement negotiations can be stressful and very time-consuming. Let the Leichter Law Firm PC help you get the overtime wages you are owed and hold your employers accountable.
Frequently Asked Questions About Overtime Pay
To get you started on your path to recovering the money you are owed for your overtime work, we’ve provided a few question we receive quite regularly about the subject. If you don’t see your question or answer below, please contact us at (956) 205-0884 instead to get started.
What happens if I agreed to waive my right to overtime wages in the past?
Secretaries and office workers cannot agree to waive the right to receive overtime pay for work beyond 40 hours in work week. This is because FLSA mandates that employers pay overtime once it has been worked. If your employer tries to say that you agreed to waive your right to overtime, that argument would lose in court and it might be a signal that you need to explore your legal rights and options with a qualified attorney. The Leichter Law Firm PC team is here to help you start your case and get paid the wages you are owed, and we have years of experience with wage and hour claims regarding unpaid overtime.
How much money could I receive if I sued my employer for the unpaid overtime I worked?
Typically, overtime pay is one and a half times your normal wage. Employers may pay only part of this legally required minimum to give the illusion they paid you fully, or may not pay any overtime whatsoever. However, even if you were paid some small percentage of the overtime you were entitled to, you can still file a lawsuit to get the remainder of the overtime wages you were owed. If you win your case, you may be entitled to back pay, liquidated damages, and potentially even attorney’s fees or court costs. Back pay refers to the past due overtime wages that you are owed. Liquidated damages, on the other hand, refer to those damages that result from your employer’s failure to follow federal labor laws. Liquidated damages may actually be awarded in addition to back pay. If you face retaliation from your employer, you may be entitled to punitive damages as well.
How long does it take to get overtime wages that I may be owed?
Any litigation or negotiation process involves a number of different factors that can impact the length of your case. For example, if your employer retaliates, refuses to follow court orders, hides evidence, or engages in other improper behavior, this could impact the length and complexity of your case. Our attorneys believe in strongly advocating for each client because failing to pay overtime wages is both illegal and unfair. Secretaries and office workers in Texas work hard to support their employers and deserve advocates that will make sure they are treated with respect and dignity.
Contact Leichter Law Firm PC’s Secretaries and Office Worker Overtime Attorneys
The attorneys at Leichter Law Firm PC are here to answer any questions you may have about your situation and are eager to assist you. As a secretary or office worker, we know that you work hard and we believe you should be adequately compensated for the overtime you have worked. Schedule an appointment with us at (956) 205-0884, or online, to learn how members of our experienced legal team in McAllen, Austin, and Houston can be of service to you. Your initial consultation is free and totally confidential. Our skilled attorneys believe that secretaries and office workers in Texas deserve the best legal representation, and we will fight for your right to recover the overtime wages that you deserve.