What hours is an employee entitled to be paid for?

I worked for a company drawing a salary that was based on a 45 hour work week. About 90% of the time I worked from 50 to 75 hours per week. This was documented on a timesheet that was turned in every 2 weeks but they still paid me for only 80 hours for those weeks. Am I entitled to the other hours that I worked? I worked for them for about 5 years, then left for 2 years and I came back and worked another 2 years.

Asked on July 27, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Oklahoma


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you are on a salary and are a professional (licensed) or in a managerial position, your salary is your salary regardless of the number of hours that you work under the laws of all states in this country.

The rationale is that you are not an hourly employee. If you have further questions as to your matter, you should consult with a labor attorney or a representative with your nearest department of labor.

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