Despite the old saying, time is not always money. A Tennessee worker may put in more than 40 hours on the job, but if the employer refuses to pay overtime, that worker has essentially given away that time. Forcing employees who qualify for overtime pay to work beyond their scheduled time without compensating them is against the law, and despite numerous lawsuits, one national corporation doesn’t seem to be getting the message.
Last summer, Sprint Corp. faced accusations from 153 employees alleging they had been required to work beyond their 40 hours but were not paid for those extra hours. The employees’ lawsuit claimed that management required them to report 40 hours on their time sheets despite the employees regularly working up to 60 hours. If the employees did not report 40 hours, the management reported it for them.
One employee described working overtime on Saturdays and even taking business calls on her personal cell phone when she was on her own time. Nevertheless, she was paid for only 40 hours each week. Sprint denies any violation of wage and overtime laws, but Sprint employees in at least four states have filed complaints of the same nature. Having settled one wage theft lawsuit, Sprint now faces others with the same allegations.
Employees in Tennessee who qualify should be able to expect fair wages for their time and overtime pay for extra hours they work beyond 40 hours per work week. If employers take advantage of their workers by committing wage theft, those workers have the right to pursue restitution through legal means. Consulting an attorney about the best course of action may provide a decided advantage.
Source: kansascity.com, “Sprint employees complain about unpaid overtime, again”, Mark Davis, Dec. 7, 2017