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Construction workers file a complaint for alleged unpaid overtime

Working additional hours is a great way for Florida workers to earn more money for themselves and their families. Many people count on working overtime hours because they are typically paid at a higher hourly wage. Companies who deny their workers this additional money can create unnecessary financial difficulties upon the families who are counting on the boost in income. They also may be in violation of federal wage and hour laws. Some employees may find it necessary to turn to the court system to help grant them the unpaid overtime they believe to have earned.

Two construction workers from another state filed a lawsuit against their previous employers. The men allege that they worked on a construction site for the defendants for seven months. During that time, they were required to hang drywall and sheetrock, as well as perform other work duties.

The plaintiffs allege that they worked 40 hours a week and sometimes more. According to the complaint, they generally worked about 60 hours per week. The men allege that they were never given overtime for any of the additional hours that they worked during the period of approximately seven months that they were employed.

The men filed a lawsuit against the defendants and are asking that the federal court  grant class action status to include other similarly affected workers. They assert that the defendants violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and seek a judgment for unpaid overtime, monetary damages and legal fees. They also seek a court order requiring the defendants to comply with the law going forward. Florida workers who believe they are the victims of wage theft and are unable to achieve a satisfactory resolution may investigate the possibility of pursuing a civil claim for a monetary judgment for the money that they believe to be owed.

Source:, "Construction companies, subcontractors sued for allegedly not paying overtime", Dan Harkins, July 23, 2015

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