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Exempt worker attempts to collect her unpaid wages from overtime

Many people do not take the time to look into whether they are being paid correctly. Florida workers may be missing out on unpaid wages associated with overtime every day and not even realize it. One woman from another state claims that she she was not compensated properly for the hours that she worked. She asserts that she should have been paid overtime.

The plaintiff worked as a mortgage originator for a financial corporation in another state. She alleges that she had worked more than 50 hours most weeks but was never given overtime pay. She claims that this practice went on for nearly three years.

According to her complaint, she was classified as an exempt employee and was declared ineligible for overtime. Her lawyer maintains that, as of 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor determined that mortgage workers are not considered executives or administrative workers and should be paid overtime when they work more than 40 hours per week. Additionally, she claims that she was told not to record the hours that she worked.

The plaintiff filed a federal lawsuit against the company and its CEO for unpaid wages. She is seeking payment for the 136 weeks that she claims that she worked overtime, based on 10 extra hours each week. Additionally, she is seeking compensation for unpaid vacation time plus a 25 percent penalty in accordance with her state's Wage Payment and Collection Act. Similarly situated Florida workers can turn to the legal system to have the opportunity to present their claims for unpaid overtime in accordance with applicable law.

Source:, "Former Meridian Bank worker seeking back pay, penalties in lawsuit", Clayton Over, June 4, 2015

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