I did some work for a company that I was previously employed in. I work on a freelance or per diem basis. I have submitted invoices for 5 days of work done and I was wondering why I wasn't getting paid. The first of these is from January 25th of the current year. The vice-president of the company told the office manager to withhold my checks until I sent her some pending continuing education credits and attendance forms that as per her where missing. During my time at the company (2 years and 5 months) I was working for a salary. Many times I would drive 2 hours or more to get to the job site and drive back 2 hours to get home. All of this time was not compensated. Also many times I would have stay late because things were not going as scheduled. I was given extremely short deadlines to complete work and expected to go home and keep working from home because I was expected to report how the day went. Again all of this under salary. No overtime was ever paid. I would like to compensated for First, the work that I recently did and Second see I can recover some wages for all those lost hours during my full time employment at this company.
There are many important factors that have to be considered, including your entitlement to overtime. But if you were entitled to overtime, you are likely owed compensatory and liquidated damages that could amount to 2 or even 3 times the underpayment. I recommend that you contact an experienced employment/labor attorney ASAP.
There are several regulations covering what you have described. You should contact an employment lawyer to discuss in more detail. If you were a salaried employee, you are not entitled to overtime. But it is possible that you were misclassified and should have been an hourly employee and paid for overtime.
You should consult with an employment attorney. there are several potential claims you may have, but more information is needed to fully asses and discuss your options.
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