The FLSA allows you to recover the overtime pay you are owed for hours worked within two years back from the date you file suit or consent to join an existing lawsuit. For example, if an employee were to file an FLSA lawsuit on January 1, 2013, he could only attempt to recover pay for time worked after January 1, 2011. In some cases, where the employer is found to have willfully or recklessly violated the FLSA, you may be able to recover pay from three years prior to the date you file suit or consent to join an existing lawsuit. Because of these limitations, if you think you may be owed overtime pay it is important that you consult an overtime lawyer as soon as possible. If you do not pursue the pay you are owed, some or all of your claim may be barred by the passage of time.