I am an employee at a car dealership and my boss does not pay me overtime because he says I am exempt. How do I know if this is true?

Just because your employer tells you that you are exempt from receiving overtime does not mean that it is true. Many employers purposely tell employees that they are not supposed to receive overtime pay and, as a result, your hard-earned wages end up right back in your boss’ pocket.

This is not only unfair, but it is also illegal. The wage and overtime laws state that non-exempt workers must be paid overtime pay for every hour over 40 that they work in a workweek.

There are only certain types of employees that are truly exempt from receiving overtime. This can include certain executive, administrative, professional, or outside sales employees. However, it is difficult to fall into one of these non-exempt categories.

The law is clear: If you put in extra hours above 40 in a workweek, you should get extra pay for each one of those hours. It doesn’t matter if you are a salaried employee, blue-collar or white-collar worker. You must be paid premium pay for overtime hours if you are a non-exempt employee. The Department of Labor estimates that almost 90% of workers are eligible to overtime pay.

If you believe you should be paid overtime pay and your boss refuses to pay it you should contact our employment lawyers to start a free case review with our employment lawyers today at 1-888-449-2068.

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