Guaranteed hours not paid in severance

When hired by my former employer my offer letter stated that my pay would be based on a 50-hour workweek. Paid 40 hours of normal time and 10 hours of over (1.5) time. In addition any hours over 50 that I worked would be paid at 1.5 times normal pay, but a minimum of 50 hours was required.

Several employees were cut from the company and all of us were told we would receive 2 weeks of severance pay. When I received my pay it was for 80 hours (2 weeks at 40 per week) and not the 100 hours that my offer letter indicated.

Can I file a claim for the additional 20 hours of pay at 1.5 times normal?

1 answer  |  asked Apr 3, 2002 1:18 PM [EST]  |  applies to Texas

Answers (1)

Kenneth Byford

The answer to your question deals with two seperate issues-- one, do you have a written letter offering you the severance or was it an oral promise? If the answer is you have it in writing, then, yes, there is some things that can be done. Please be aware, however, severance is not a benefit that everyone is entitled to under the law. Unless you were promised the severance, there is virtually no way to enforce it. If you want further direction, call me at 214-674-1823

posted by Kenneth Byford  |  Apr 3, 2002 1:35 PM [EST]

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