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Thank you for the information and your question. Regrettably, the bonus she received would have nothing to do with her entitlement to overtime. In other words, an employer cannot say that she was paid the equivalent (time and a half) of overtime by other means. Overtime is due despite how much an employee makes as long as they are a non-exempt employee. Also, the fact that she was not authorized overtime would not effect her right to it if she actually worked those hours. If an employer knows that an employee is working hours that are not authorized, their options are to discipline them, which include termination for rules violations, but they must still pay them for the hours they actually worked.
I would strongly urge you to hire a local employment law firm who represents employers to handle this case. You really don't want to try to handle this yourself when she is represented by an attorney. Once your attorney reviews all of the evidence in the case, they can advise you what the best course of action would be, including settlement or going to trial.
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