I need some advice. I currently work for a big4 firm in its TAS/M&A department in a western European country but plan to move to the US early next year to look for work (I have a green card).
Normally I am not entitled to overtime compensation because of my level/title, however, because of a special assignment over the last 6-9 months, the partner and HR made me sign an "amended employment contract" that specifically states that during this assignment, I am entitled to OT comp (legally required by the labor laws in the country I am in). I confirmed this with HR at the beginning of my assignment and tried to confirm it with the partner who wouldnt reply to my emails. Now, 6-9 months later, when I am about to finish this assignment, the partner tells me that the OT is compensated by my YE bonus (in other words, he is basically telling my I wont get any comp, or maybe just a fraction of what I am entitled to). Normally I wouldnt make a big deal out of this but because of the hours I worked during this assignment, my OT balance amounts to ~$40-50k and its not something I am willing to give up.
So to my question, if I push to get this OT comp, which I am legally entitled to, I am pretty sure I will burn some bridges with my current firm. If I dont plan to go back to the same firm once I move to the US, could this potentially hurt my job search? My understanding is that in the US, the only things a prospective employer can confirm are title, dates employed and maybe salary. In other words, how likely is it that a US employer finds out about my "situation" at my firm in Europe? Besides this issue, I have good performance reviews etc (documented).
Sorry for the lengthy post but appreciate any advice!