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Employee’s calculation error doesn’t invalidate OT claim

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Bookkeepers know how to do math, even if they’re not experts in wage-and-hour law. One employer found this out the hard way, when a federal appeals court ruled that an employee was entitled to prove at trial that she was owed overtime pay for time that her employer should have known she was working, despite her mistake in calculating her overtime pay rate. (Craig v. Bridges Bros. Trucking, LLC, No. 15-3396, 6th Cir., 2016)

Sound familiar? A company’s bookkeeper was responsible for payroll, invoicing, billing and reconciling bank statements. Over the course of her employment, she recorded overtime in 54 of the 95 weeks she worked. Her time cards, however, reflected only her straight-time pay of $17.50 an hour. Bottom line: She worked nearly 500 of uncompensated overtime.

After complaining, she was paid for one overtime hour and was fired.

She then sued for unpaid overtime. Basis of her allegations: The company should have kno...(register to read more)

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