Failure to Pay Overtime

Under both Maryland state law and the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), if an employee works more than 40 hours in a workweek, their employer is required to pay premium pay (time and a half) for all time worked over 40 hours. The overtime laws apply to nearly every Maryland employer and are strictly enforced by the courts, although there are a few exceptions for white collar employees and certain professional and administrative employees. 

The public's perception of who is exempt from receiving overtime often does not match the legal definition.  For example, many employees assume that because their employer tells them that they are exempt, or because they are paid on a salary basis, they are not required to be paid overtime, but they may not be exempt under the law. That is why employees should always consult with an experienced lawyer before concluding whether their job is exempt or whether they should be paid overtime wages.
 
It is also important to keep in mind that the penalties for failing to pay overtime can be severe. The FLSA provides that an employee can recover twice the amount of the actual overtime owed as well as reasonable attorney's fees.
 
Mr. Dansicker has extensive experience analyzing overtime claims, and he has litigated these types of cases at the state, federal and administrative levels.  Consequently, if you have questions concerning potential overtime claims, contact overtime pay attorney Andrew Dansicker at The Law Office of Andrew M. Dansicker online, or call 410-771-5668.  To reach Mr. Dansicker immediately please fill out the consultation form and he will return your email within 24 hours.