Is it legal I work 50 and 60 hours a week and not get paid overtime

I get split to checks from a store
I don’t even work I have worked at
this job for 3 years losing money
it’s hard to know that people will
do this it’s not legal can you
help me

Asked on August 21, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Mississippi

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

It depends. Are you an "exempt" or "non-exempt" employee? In other words, are you a professional (i.e. lawyer, doctor, etc), are in in management or a supervisory role or the like? If so, then you are exempt from overtime wage laws and therefore need not be compensated for any hours that you work over 40. If you are not exempt or "non-exempt", then your employer is required to pay you for any hours that you work over 40 in a work week. If you are not being properly compensated then you can file a wage claim with your state's departement of labor and/or consult directly with an employment law attorney in your area.
Here is a link to a site that will help you determine whether or not you are non-exempt:
https://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime/fs17a_overview.htm
 
 
 


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