Great Neck employment litigation attorneys over the last year have noted an increasing number of overtime disputes. Great Neck employment litigation cases in this vein come from almost every industry and from employees of varying positions.
It appears we are far from alone in this. The federal Department of Labor is reporting a nearly 40 percent increase in the number of overtime wage lawsuits filed within the last year alone. The number of cases ballooned from nearly 8,800 in 2010 to 12,000 last year.
And now, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide on a case involving pharmaceutical company sales representatives who say they were wrongly denied overtime pay. The business, GlaxoSmithKline, contends the representatives weren’t entitled to it because of their position within the company. The case is called Fair Labor Standards Act was passed in 1938. This was at a time when workplaces looked very different than they do today. The advent of technology has altered not only the way in which we do business, but the core of the issue remains that workers should be paid fair wages for the hours they work.
But as in almost any area of law, it’s been subject to a great deal of interpretation over the years. That has resulted in conflicting case law that has led to some confusion – which is why The Supreme Court is stepping in, hopefully to clarify.
It’s important no matter what side you are on to consult with an experienced Great Neck employment litigation attorney who can help you sort through the specific details of your case to determine which statutes may apply and explore all your options.
The Law Offices of Ira S. Newman provides employment law legal counsel in Great Neck, Long Island, New York City and throughout the area. Call 516-487-7375 or contact us through the website.