For 1.5 years I worked for a private company contracted by federal, state, and county government law enforcement agencies to transport captured fugitives from justice cross-country. I was paid a "salary" based on a 50 hour work week...paid out every Friday. I had to reach 200 hours (in a 4 Friday month) to continue recieving my weekly pay. Any hours accrued over 200 in a 4 Friday month would be paid the third or fourth (varied) pay period of the following month. For example, if during month A an employee worked 250 hours (assuming it's a 4 Friday month)....said employee would be paid 4 installments of their "salary" each week...during Month B the employee would be paid for 50 hours X their hourly wage. This would be straight time...not 1.5X hourly wage. My question if it doesn't already seem obvious is: Should I have been paid time and a half for these extra hours over the 200 hour base "salary". When I questioned the owner he replied "Well, we travel across state lines (while transporting inmates) so the FLA overtime law does not apply to us". I then heard from another colleague that if a 'trip' originates in one state, and always ends in the same state (where the company is based and the transport vehicles are picked up from and dropped off EVERY time) must follow said state's OT laws. Is this true?
Idk if an attorney would even be interested in my case (if I have one) because the total estimated owed monies is only about $12,000+.
Advice/comments/questions are appreciated in advance.