You have always had a 9-to-5 job, and every other employer has paid you on time and with overtime when you worked over 40 hours a week. You even took extra time from others, so that you could earn as much as possible.

Your employer didn’t approve the hours, and when your check arrived, you noticed that you were paid at the standard rate. You were confused, because you definitely worked over 80 hours in the two-week pay period. Did you do something wrong, or is the pay incorrect?

If you work overtime, you must be paid accordingly

In most situations, you must be paid overtime if you work over 40 hours in a week. There are some exceptions in a few industries, but you should be informed of that when you take a job. Working overtime takes a toll on your body and takes up your time, so you should be paid based on state or federal laws.

In California, nonexempt employees must receive 1.5 times their normal rate of pay if they work over 40 hours a week. They must also receive overtime if they work more than eight hours in one day.

If you do not receive overtime, it’s important to talk to your employer and find out why. If you are in an exempt business, that could be one reason that you didn’t receive extra compensation. If you aren’t, then your employer may have made a mistake.

If you can’t work out the issue, you may want to talk to your attorney about what needs to happen to get the pay you deserve.