Your friend needs to talk to an employment lawyer immediately. When an employer changes an employee from "exempt" to "non-exempt" it is a ***red flag*** that the employee was non-exempt all along and has a potentially sizable claim for unpaid overtime. Just because someone is called a manager and is paid a salary does not mean that he or see is exempt.
Anyway, overtime is at time and a half, not straight time. This is governed by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
I agree with Mr. Holmes that your friend needs to consult with an employment attorney to determine whether he has a claim for unpaid overtime. I practice in Fort Worth and handle unpaid overtime claims, and would be glad to speak to your friend regarding his situation.
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