Recently, Riggan Law Firm, LLC, a Missouri wage and hour law firm, filed a collective action lawsuit against the New Madrid County (Missouri) Ambulance District for unpaid overtime. The suit was filed on behalf of paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who allege that they consistently worked more than forty hours per week but were not paid one-and-one-half times their regular hourly rate, as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA").
The FLSA generally requires (subject to some exceptions) that all employees be paid a premium rate for overtime hours (hours over 40 in each workweek). The lawsuit alleges that the Ambulance District paid them a straight-time hourly wage for all hours worked, but provided no premium rate of pay (at a rate of one-and-one-half times the regular hourly rate) for their overtime hours.
If you work more than 40 hours per week and are not paid a premium rate of pay for overtime, you may be entitled to additional compensation. If you wish to assert a claim for unpaid wages, or if you want to learn more about your rights, you should contact aMissouri overtime lawyer.