If for 2 years I worked about 30 hours off the books after working my 40 hours, can I get the overtime that's owed to me?

Question Details: I worked for a retail chain for 2.5 years. I was recently fired while on vacation via text message even though I have never been written up. I was lower management paid hourly, 40 hours a week. Due to demands, all freight out in 48 hours and being always shorthanded, I would "sneak" back when the store manager was not there to work. Other higher managers would call or text when the store manager was gone so I could come back. I would show up many times at 3 am alone to work which was a big no no. I worked every day for months at a time. Doing the math I estimate $57,000 is owed for back overtime. Only proof is my other managers and co-workers who joked that I lived there, plus video tape. Is this even worth my time?

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