If you were paid on a salary basis as an exempt employee, then the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act do not apply to you. A locally licensed attorney can tell you more about state law protections. If you were paid on an hourly basis, or if you think your were improperly categorized as an exempt/salaried worker, then you may have a shot depending on all the other relevant facts and circumstances.
The limitations period under federal law is two years unless a violation was willful, in which case it is three years. You should explore your options with a locally licensed attorney who can counsel you about state laws as well. You can also report your concerns to the federal Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division or a similar state agency.
The foregoing is for informational purposes only and neither creates an attorney-client relationship nor provides a substitute for consultation with an attorney apprised of all the facts.
Teachers are generally exempt from overtime. If you are a union member, however, you should speak to them about it.
You are probably overtime exempt, but it never hurts to ask your union.
This answer does not constitute legal advice and you should contact an attorney to confirm or research further any statements made in this answer. Any statements of fact or law I have made in this answer pertain solely to New York State and should not be relied upon in any way in any other jurisdiction.
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