05 Apr What if my employer doesn’t know that I’m working overtime?
What if my employer gives me more work than I can accomplish in 40 hours and I have to work nights and weekends to get it done?
An employer has a right to prohibit you from working overtime. But, if you work that time, and they haven’t strictly forbidden you from working the overtime hours, then technically, you should still be entitled to overtime pay.
If they tell you, “Do not work more than 40 hours,” and you go ahead and do so anyway, then that’s a different story, and you may not be able to recover overtime pay. But, if they give you the work, and they don’t tell you not to spend as much time on it as you need to, then you are entitled to overtime pay.
Each case is different, and if the court was looking at it, they might adjust how much overtime pay you are entitled to, depending on the specific circumstances of how you went about working those overtime hours and whether your employer knew about it.
If you believe that your employer has failed to pay you overtime that you have earned, contact an employment lawyer today at the Khadder Law Firm for a free initial consultation.