Overtime Claims FAQs

If your employer failed to pay you a proper overtime wage, you are entitled to recover that amount and possibly more in damages. Our attorneys at DeLong, Caldwell, Bridgers, Fitzpatrick & Benjamin, LLC fight to see that workers are fully compensated. We can evaluate your case for free and provide the aggressive representation you need. We offer this brief list of frequently asked questions for workers who think their employers have illegally withheld overtime pay.

If a business comes under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the employer must pay at least the federal minimum wage. After a nonexempt worker has worked 40 hours in a continuous 7-day period, the employer must pay that worker a premium — typically one and a half times the hourly rate — for additional hours worked within that period.

Georgia Unpaid Wage Claim FAQs

Many workers have trouble being properly paid. Frequently, the fault is poor management or recordkeeping, and the worker gets satisfaction with perseverance. But often there’s something more sinister at work: a deliberate attempt to skirt the law and profit unjustly from the worker’s labor. This is especially problematic when a worker has left a company’s employ and is still owed money. At DeLong, Caldwell, Bridgers, Fitzpatrick & Benjamin, LLC, we provide aggressive representation for workers who’ve been shorted on their earnings.

In Georgia, the state minimum wage is $5.15 an hour, but businesses subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Therefore, if your employer is subject to the FLSA, but has only paid you the Georgia minimum wage, you can make a claim for the difference and may even be eligible for additional compensation as damages.

Fair Labor Standards Act FAQs

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was signed into law in 1938 to establish a federal minimum wage and regulations for overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment. FLSA does not cover all businesses or all workers, but those workers under the law are entitled to one and a half times their standard wage for overtime hours and other benefits. DeLong, Caldwell, Bridgers, Fitzpatrick & Benjamin, LLC is determined to see that all eligible workers get the full benefit of FLSA protections. So that you may better know your rights, we offer this list of frequently asked questions and answers.

Generally speaking, FLSA covers “blue-collar” workers who earn a wage (i.e., are paid at an hourly rate), but not “white-collar” workers who earn a set salary above $684 per week or receive the bulk of their compensation through sales commissions. Workers are exempt (not covered by overtime laws) if they fit into one of several categories, primarily executive, administrative, professional, computer employee, outside sales, or highly compensated employees. Each category has a “duties test,” which a worker must pass to be exempt from overtime. If an employer designates a worker as an administrator, but that worker does not perform administrative duties, that worker may not be exempt from the overtime requirement.

Workplace Investigation FAQs

The attorneys at DeLong, Caldwell, Bridgers, Fitzpatrick & Benjamin, LLC are experts at workplace investigations. We have decades of combined employment law experience and have successfully managed numerous workplace investigations. To schedule a free consultation, call our Atlanta office at (470) 443-0524 or contact us online.

Once an allegation is made, the investigation should begin as soon as possible. Delays in opening an inquiry can be detrimental to the investigation process. Witnesses may leave or become unavailable. Records may be lost or destroyed. Electronic evidence may become corrupt and unusable. Individuals’ memories of important details may fade. If you need assistance with a workplace investigation, call the DCBFB attorneys for experienced investigators.

Wrongful Termination FAQs

Wrongful termination occurs when an employer fires an employee for an illegal reason or violates public policy or the employee’s contract. At DeLong, Caldwell, Bridgers, Fitzpatrick & Benjamin, LLC, our attorneys are dedicated to fighting for Georgia workers who have been wrongfully terminated. We answer your frequently asked questions, so you better understand your rights.

Federal statutes that guard against wrongful termination include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Under these laws, you cannot be fired or treated materially differently based on:

  • Age
  • Color
  • Disability
  • Gender / Sex / Sexual orientation
  • Nation of origin
  • Pregnancy
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Whistleblowing activity

These laws also protect against firings in retaliation for asserting any federally protected employment right. The state of Georgia has its own statutes that provide additional protections.