As New York employees may know, employers are obligated to pay overtime when an excess of 40 hours per week is worked. Violating employee overtime regulations may cause problems for both the employee and employer. From 2008 to 2011, the number of lawsuits concerning failure to pay overtime grew by 32 percent. Employees may benefit from being alert to the ways used to avoid overtime pay.
U.S. citizens are not the only people who enjoy employee rights. New York state labor laws protect all workers, including foreign-born employees who might be classified as undocumented, according to the state's Department of Labor. Regardless of immigration status, everyone is entitled to receive overtime pay, be paid at least minimum wage, and have the right to file complaints in cases of wrongful termination and other employment disputes.
Actress Nicollette Sheridan is seeking her day in court again on allegations that she was wrongfully discharged from her role on the television series, “Desperate Housewives.” The employment law case has certainly included its own levels of drama, with twists and turns through its history. The case has already gone before a jury, a trial that ended in a deadlock under the law in the state where the trial was held. Jurors hung, with more favoring Sheridan in her claim for wrongful termination, according to the New York Daily News.