With the holiday season fast approaching, many employees working in retail will be working extra hours. Some of this extra time may result in additional money from overtime pay. Fortunately for Texas employees who are victims of illegal employment practices that prevent them from getting the overtime pay they are due, there is legal recourse, as illustrated in recent cases filed in another state.
Two large retail clothiers face lawsuits filed against them by some of their employees. In one case, an employee who works for J.Crew claims that he did not receive compensation for the overtime hours that he worked. He asserts that the company did not pay other employees for their overtime, nor did they pay employees for work done during breaks and lunches. By not paying for all the workers' time, he claims that he and other employees are being paid less than minimum wage. In addition, he states that proving the transgression has been difficult because the employees are prevented from easily viewing their payroll information.
A woman who works as a manager at Hollister is accusing that company of not compensating her for on-call hours. This lack of compensation means that she did not receive overtime pay that she claims to be due. She states that it is commonplace for workers in a position similar to hers to not be paid for all of their hours worked by the company.
Employees in Texas who find themselves dealing with similar overtime pay issues may first wish to bring the errors to the attention of their companies' human resources departments. If the issues are not resolved, the workers can elect to pursue legal actions against their employers. In successful cases, the claimants may be awarded the unpaid wages as well as any other redress based upon the individual circumstances of the lawsuits.
Source: thefashionspot.com, "J.Crew, Abercrombie & Fitch Slapped With Wage Compensation Lawsuits", Jihan Forbes, Oct. 31, 2014