You may benefit from a visit to your local Illinois Department of Labor in order to determine if your hours qualify and to make sure that you are not an exempt employee.
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I agree. Either contact the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor, or an employment law attorney.
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Federal law requires most employees to be paid overtime for all hour over 40 in a work week. In other words, you could work 35 hours in one week and 45 in the subsequent week (for a total of 80 in a single pay period) and be entitled to 5 hours of overtime. Were you working for the full 80 hours, or were you on call part of that time but not working? On call time (i.e. waiting to be called but not actually working) would likely not count as hours worked. You should consult in person with an employment lawyer to get a careful evaluation. Good luck.
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