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Employers who violate overtime laws may face legal trouble

Many business owners in Florida may be aware that certain laws afford protections to workers to ensure safe working conditions and that they receive fair compensation for their employment. However, some employers may not know that in some circumstances, employees are entitled to receive overtime pay. It is important for companies to be aware of the law so that they do not find themselves in violation.

That is exactly what one company in Florida is being accused of. According to the Naples Daily News, a former employee of Hertz Corp. has filed a lawsuit alleging that her superiors required her to work outside of her normal hours to complete her work and failed to compensate her properly for that time. In the event that the case progresses, other employees with similar complaints may be able to join in the action.

This is not the first time that Hertz has been accused of violating overtime law. It should be noted, however, that the employee previously alleged similar violations against another rental car company, which ultimately were dismissed. Her complaint against Hertz also includes allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment.

There are both federal and state wage laws that govern how employees must be paid. According to the United States Department of Labor, the Fair Labor Standards Act dictates that employees shall receive overtime pay for any time that exceeds 40 hours in a single seven-day workweek. The overtime rate is one and a half times the employee’s regular hourly rate. Certain types of employees are exempt from receiving overtime, such as certain salaried employees and those that work in certain industries.

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