Can I be compensated for hours that I worked and didn’t get paid for l unch breaks?

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Can I be compensated for hours that I worked and didn’t get paid for l unch breaks?

I work from 7am-430pm straight
through, I have done this since 6-
18-14 and I would like to know if
I can be compensated for the
hours that I worked and not been
paid for?

Asked on August 7, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Are you an hourly employee? (I.e. paid based on the number of hours worked?) Then if so, you must be paid for all hours you worked, and if your employer (for example) has you work through lunch, you should be paid for the time you would otherwise have taking lunch, but did not. You can potentially recover back pay for up to the last two years; if you are an hourly employee but believe you were not paid for all hours worked, contact the state or federal department of labor to file a complaint.
(And if hourly, you should be paid overtime for all time past 40 hours worked each week, and if you were not, that is something else you could potentially claim for.)
If you were salaried, your weekly salary was your total compensation for all hours worked each week, not matter how many.


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