An ex-employee of the Tippecanoe County surveyor's office in Indiana recently filed a lawsuit against the local government, claiming it has failed to pay him his owed overtime wages.
The worker alleges he clocked in early and worked through his lunch hour on many occasions. However, he was never paid for these extra hours. The plaintiff began working at the office on July 6, 2009 until the county "involuntarily separated" his employment on September 1, 2010.
In his suit, the plaintiff alleges his employer was aware of his early hours and missed lunch breaks. While the plaintiff was a salaried employee, he also claims he was eligible to receive overtime pay for any hours worked in excess of 37.5 per week.
"Generally, the county is told to pay what the people work and avoid letting people work more than 40 hours per week without getting paid and marking the hours they worked," County Attorney Doug Masson said, JCOnline reports. "Under the Fair Labor Act, you have to pay people for all the hours they work."
While the case has yet to be determined, it highlights the importance of companies instituting and adhering to legal business practices. Furthermore, companies of all sizes must be sure to comply with regulations, lest they be sued for noncompliance and professional liability.