A new overtime settlement has been reached with 1,500 home health aides. The aides will share in a $1.1 million settlement in their class action suit which claimed their employer failed to pay them overtime despite working sixty hours a week for several weeks. Current and former employees of the home health agency will each receive a share of the settlement based on their overtime hours that they failed to receive pay for as required by state law. The settlement will also prohibit the home health agency from retaliating against employees who complain about hours and wages. It also requires the company to appoint an administrator to deal with complaints about wages or the reimbursement of expenses.
According to research by the state Department of Labor, home health aide work is one of the fasting growing occupations in the state, however, the average salary is under $21,000. According to a survey by a National Employment project, almost eight-three percent of home health aides surveyed have reported overtime violations and eighty-four percent said they have worked “off the clock” without receiving the appropriate pay.
Tennessee employees and employees all across the United States put in long overtime hours at work to help pay their bills and take care of their loved ones. They are entitled by law to overtime pay for any hours they have worked over forty in a single work week. Unfortunately, many companies misclassify their employees as being exempt from overtime pay or just fail to pay them overtime pay completely. If you or someone you work with has worked overtime hours but not received your overtime pay, then you should speak with a Tennessee labor overtime pay lawyer right away. They will hear your case and make sure you get the compensation you deserve by law.
Unfortunately, cases similar to this one happen to Tennessee employees as well as employees all across the country too often. If you or someone you know has worked overtime hours but not been properly paid for those hours, we recommend that you contact an experienced and caring Tennessee employment overtime pay attorney at the Higgins Firm immediately. We care about your clients and will work with you to see to it that you get the compensation that is rightfully yours for the hours you have worked.
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