Can a friend sue for no overtime pay?

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Can a friend sue for no overtime pay?

I have a friend that works for a small janitorial company less than 60 employees and he’s been working 50-60 hours a week and has been paid about minimum wage for that with no overtime pay. They also haven’t been taking out any taxes from his check but when I worked there they took taxes from mine. I want to know if it’s possible for him to sue or not.

Asked on November 9, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Yes, he can sue for the money, though he may wish to first contact the state department of labor to see if they can help him get the money to which he is entitled: their help, if they provide it, is free and also expert (they have people who go after wage and hour violations for a living).
The law requires that hourly employees be paid overtime for all time worked past 40 hours in a week: when an employee is not paid the overtime to which he is entitled, he may take legal action.


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