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If your employer asks you to work overtime at your job or work after your usual hours but then does not pay you for your services, you may be able to sue. In Maryland, you can take action against an employer to recover unpaid wages. According to the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, you have the right to contact the Employment Standards Service to get information about your employment rights and request an independent investigation. You can also file a lawsuit or criminal charges against the employer.

Overtime Laws

Not all employees are entitled to receive overtime pay. In fact, employees who are on salary paychecks do not receive overtime pay at all in the state of Maryland. Also, anyone who is considered an executive, administrative professional, or other professional is generally exempt under the law from receiving overtime.

Some employers make the decision to pay a salary to workers who aren't considered administrative, professionals, or executives. This decision, however, does not always eliminate an employer's obligation to pay overtime based on a mathematical calculation of the employer's average hourly wage to employees that are eligible.

Individuals who are paid by the hour must receive overtime if they work an excess of 40 hours in a 7-day week. Overtime payment in Maryland is one and one-half times the regular hourly wage performed.

Exemptions to Overtime

Some occupations provide for different overtime terms. For example, farmers who work overtime will not receive overtime pay until they have worked an excess of 60 hours in any given week.

Some employers are exempt from the requirement to pay overtime. Overtime is only counted on hours actually worked, so individuals cannot accumulate overtime through leave hours, vacation, sick time, or holiday time.

Seeking Unpaid Wages

If you believe that you haven't been paid the wages you are due, you need to contact an attorney at Kennedy & Dolan right away.

You may be able to sue if your employer is:

  • Refusing to pay you for overtime even though you are an hourly employee
  • Withholding part of your paycheck for incremental wage deductions as a security
  • Refusing to pay employees for attendance at mandatory meetings and training sessions
  • Refusing to provide paid maternity / paternity leave during the birth or adoption of a child
  • Paying you with bounced checks
  • Withholding payment for snow days or temporary closure when employees are ready, willing, and able to work

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Pursuing Justice on Your Behalf

The firm's hardworking team wants to make sure that you get fair and appropriate wages for your work. If you believe that you are being mistreated, don't hesitate to contact the firm right away. With the right lawyer on your side, you can have a voice in the courts and can work to seek the payment to which you are entitled. Contact Kennedy & Dolan to get more information about the unpaid wages and overtime laws in Maryland.

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