Can I be paid for hours worked

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Can I be paid for hours worked

I’m was an IT contractor for the state whose contract was ended as of yesterday. I’m not disputing that-contracts come and go. However, during my employment, on more than occasion, it was made clear to me that in order for certain deadlines to be met no matter what. On both occasions that deadline was on a Monday which meant that weekend work was required. However, my

Asked on November 2, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Tennessee

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

First, were you an employee or an independent contractor--your question implies that you were a contractor. If so, you only had to be paid as per the terms of the contract. If the contract had an hourly rate, you had to be paid for all hours worked. If a daily rate, then for all days worked. If a weekly fee/rate or flat amount for the entire project, however, they would not owe you additional compensation. You need to look to the terms pursuant to which you worked to see if they owe you more and, if so, how much.
If you were an employee, if hourly, you must be paid for all hours worked, and overtime as applicable.
If owed money under one of the scenarios above, you could sue for it.
If you were a salaried employee, as an IT professional, they would not owe you any additional compensation: your weekly salary is all you get, no matter how many days or hours you work each week.


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