His Company Wouldn’t Pay Him Overtime, so He Spent Years Planning His Revenge and Successfully Sues the Company for $135k

A man recently told the story of how his company refused to compensate him for his overtime. So, he crafted a brilliant plan to ensure he was paid—and ended up receiving more than expected. Here’s what he had to say:

He Started at a New Job

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Back in the early 2000s, he got a job at a new company. The salary he was offered was not very high, and he wasn’t paid extra for working more hours. “We agreed on a salary and no paid overtime and an evaluation in 3 months and then annually,” he said.

He Enjoyed the Work

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Even though the pay wasn’t great, the job was interesting and enjoyable. He had the chance to learn new skills and felt it was worth it. So, he agreed to the job, hoping for a raise in the future.

He Asked for More Money

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After working there for three years and getting decent clients for the company, he decided to ask for a higher salary. He believed he deserved more for his hard work. He also wanted to be paid for the extra hours he had worked without getting paid. These extra hours helped the company succeed. He asked for about $50,000 in unpaid wages.

The Company Refused

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At first, everyone was ok with his request. He felt secure since everything was evident in writing. Not until the company denied his requests. They offered a small part (less than 0.01%) of the company’s ownership as compensation, but it wasn’t fair. Feeling disappointed, he decided to quit his job.

He Got Help

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Not wanting the company to get away with not paying him, he hired a lawyer. Even though his contract said he wouldn’t get extra money for overtime, the lawyer said he might still be owed. 

A Clever Strategy

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Instead of immediately suing, he waited almost seven years. This way, if he won the lawsuit, the company would have to pay more money with added interest. It was a risk because if the company closed down, he might not get anything.

He Made a Final Request

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He sent a letter demanding all the money they were owed. But the company didn’t listen to him. He decided to get justice by waiting for a few more years, as the company grew.

He Took the Case to Court

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Finally, he decided to go to court. He demanded his unpaid money plus interest, which had now accrued a lot more due to the delay. “What I didn’t know was that in addition to this that there are fixed penalties for each instruction to perform uncompensated over-time. The total demand was Something like $135k,” he said.

The Company Was Reluctant

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The company’s CEO was angry and tried to fight the process. When the judge reviewed all the evidence, they ruled that the company had to pay the money right away. The company was also ordered to cover the legal costs and got checked by the labor department. So he got everything he was owed.

People Responded

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One person said, “They say revenge is a dish best-served cold. You served yours from the deep freezer! I take a knee to your ice-cold revenge.”

Another person wrote, “Wow! To have the patience to wait for your revenge for that long a period of time is truly epic! It was quite the risk, but you did it like a pro!”

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