In Tennessee and all across the country, people need all the money they can get due to the struggling economy and people being laid off or losing their jobs completely. However, many companies still try to get away with not paying their workers overtime for hours worked over forty in one week. This not only hurts employees but it is against the law. If you or someone you know believes you have been denied overtime pay, you should speak with a Tennessee overtime pay lawyer right away. They will work with you and make sure you get the compensation you are entitled to by law.
In this case, Jeffery Bethune, a former pharmaceutical representative filed a lawsuit against the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company alleging that the company illegally denied him overtime pay for hours he worked over forty. The lawsuit claims that Bethune often worked over forty hours a week but only received an annual salary with no overtime pay. These actions violate the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act which states that employees who work more than forty hours a week are to receive time and a half, unless they are exempt for a specific reason.
Earlier this year, Novartis pharmaceutical representatives were found not be exempt from overtime pay on the same grounds that this lawsuit is claiming. Bethune states that “This company has violated the labor law, and will continue to do so unless it is held accountable by the court. That is why we have filed this lawsuit.” The federal class action lawsuit was filed for Bethune and all the other Bristol-Myers Squibb pharmaceutical representatives who were employed by the company in the last three years, anywhere in the United States.
Unfortunately, cases just like this one happen every single day all across the U.S. and right here in Tennessee. Many companies do all they can to avoid or try to get around paying their employees the overtime they deserve. If this has happened to you or someone you love, we strongly recommend that you contact one of our compassionate and experienced Tennessee overtime pay attorneys immediately. We care about you and your case and will work with you to make sure you get the compensation you deserve for the hours you work.
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