Unpaid Wages

Unpaid Wages Attorney in Orange County

Employees have rights under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and California wage law. If an employer violated your rights to full wages, speak with one of our experienced wage claims attorneys about your legal options.

Minimum Wage Violations in California
Effective January 1, 2016, the minimum wage in California is $10 per hour, as reported by the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). Employers sometimes violate minimum wage law by paying less than minimum wage or by deducting too much from an employee’s paycheck for employee expenses.

Federal law allows employers to pay a much lower minimum wage to employees who receive tips, although they must make up the difference if the employee’s total earnings are not up to minimum wage per hour. However, in California, as stated by DIR, employers may not use a worker’s tips as credit toward the employer’s obligation to pay minimum wage.

California Hours Violations
Employers may violate wage laws by failing to pay employees for every hour worked. Examples of this violation include:

  • Requiring employees to work “off the clock,” before they clock in for the day or after they clock out.
  • Having employees work through lunch or rest breaks.
  • Failing to pay employees for work-related travel time.
  • Not paying for time employees are required to spend waiting on the employer’s premises.
  • Failing to pay for required classes and training programs.

Accrued Vacation Violations
California law does not require employers to provide paid or unpaid vacation time to employees. However, if a company has a policy that allows employees to accrue paid vacation time, then the employer must pay the employee for all earned, unused vacation at the time the employee leaves the company, regardless of the reason. The vacation wages must be paid out at the employee’s final pay rate. Employers who fail to do so are violating California law.

Legal Help Recovering Unpaid Wages in Orange County
Our proven wage claims lawyers have a successful track record recovering wages and commissions for our clients. Our Orange County law firm exclusively focuses on protecting employee rights. Our attorneys are industry leaders in California and have recovered millions for our clients. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation to find out your legal rights.

Sources:
DIR: Minimum Wage

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