When Tennessee workers clock in and get to work, they have the right to expect fair pay for the hours worked. Recently, public transportation workers have become involved in wage and hour disputes over unpaid overtime. They have filed a lawsuit against a company from another state that contracts with the Memphis area to manage public transportation drivers.
The lawsuit alleges that the company failed to pay them unpaid overtime owed to them after working beyond their standard number of hours. They also said that the company violated their rights per the Fair Labor Standards Act. According to this federal mandate, employees who work over 40 hours per week are to be paid 1.5 times their regular pay rate.
One man who has worked as a Tennessee bus driver for more than two decades says that he works approximately 100 hours many weeks. Despite his grueling schedule, he does not receive overtime pay. Instead, the company has paid him and others their regular pay rate or, sometimes, even less. According to others, drivers have expressed concerns about the management company’s practices and treatment of employees for more than 20 years.
Workers who do not receive pay for which they are eligible have the right to pursue unpaid wages and overtime. Wage and hour disputes are often complicated and difficult to navigate, but a worker who has concerns about his or her rights does not have to address these concerns alone. Tennessee employees often find it beneficial to discuss their case and potential legal options with an experienced employment law attorney.