Wage and Hour Lawyer
Hershey Law is the number one employment law firm in Los Angeles specializing in wage & hour law and workplace retaliation. We fight for employees who are not paid what they legally deserve and provide them legal representation in a court of law. Wage and hour law is a broad term to describe a scenario where employers are not paying their employee(s) what they are legally owed. A majority of wage & hour cases are brought to court because the employer; fails to pay overtime, pays under minimum wage, requires “work off the clock”, misclassified workers labeled as contractors , and fails to provide meal/rest periods. At our wage and hour law firm in Los Angeles, you can rest assured that the team at Hershey Law will closely examine your wage and hour case and fight hand over foot to obtain the compensation you are owed.
Are you tired of always coming in to work early or staying late while being denied overtime pay? Are you working long shifts without rest or meal breaks? Do you feel like your employer is taking advantage of you? If so, you may be a victim of wage theft. While employers must comply with minimum wage laws and overtime compensation regulations, they do not always do so willingly. If you believe you are not receiving the fair pay and benefits you are entitled to under California law, then it’s time to seek the help of a wage and hour attorney.
An experienced attorney can help ensure that employers are abiding by the law – protecting both employees’ rights and ensuring employers pay fair wages for their hard work.
Types of California Wage and Hour Issues
California has strict labor laws protecting employees’ rights in the workplace. However, many employers still engage in practices that violate these laws, leading to wage and hour disputes.
The most common types of wage and hour issues faced by California employees include the following:
Unpaid overtime – Employers are required to pay overtime wages to employees who work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week.
Unpaid minimum wages – Employees must be paid at least the minimum wage ($15.50 per hour regardless of how many employees) for all hours worked.
Failure to provide meal and rest breaks – Employees must be given a 30-minute unpaid break for every 5 hours of work and may be entitled to additional meal breaks depending on their classification.
Misclassifying employees as independent contractors – Employers must correctly classify their employees as either exempt or non-exempt from overtime regulations to ensure they are paid fairly.
Improper tip pooling – Employees who receive tips must be paid the correct minimum wage, and employers are prohibited from taking a portion of the tips for themselves or other employees.
Unpaid final wages – Employees are entitled to their final wages, including any accrued vacation time, within 72 hours of their last day of work.
Improper deductions from wages – Employers must pay employees the full amount owed for all hours worked and may not make deductions from their wages without employee consent.
Off-the-clock work – Employers must pay employees for all hours worked, including time spent on tasks outside their normal working hours.
Employers who violate these laws face consequences, such as fines, back pay, and other damages. If you suspect that your employer is violating your rights, a California unpaid wage lawyer from Hershey Law can help you recover unpaid wages, overtime wages, and compensation for other wage and hour violations.
Don’t wait to take action – contact Hershey Law today to set up a free consultation to discuss your unpaid wage claim.
California Wage and Hour Laws That Protect Your Rights
California has a number of laws that safeguard employees from wage and hour violations. These laws are designed to ensure that employees receive fair pay for their work and the benefits they are entitled to under the law.
California Labor Code: This code sets the rules for minimum wage, overtime pay, meal and rest breaks, and other labor standards in California.
Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) Wage Orders: These orders provide additional details on California labor laws, including the definition of exempt and non-exempt employees, working hours, and other related provisions.
Unfair Competition Law (UCL): This law provides a course of action for employees harmed by their employer’s unlawful business practices, including wage and hour violations.
California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA): This law allows employees to file a lawsuit on behalf of themselves and other employees for certain labor law violations, including wage and hour violations.
California has a comprehensive legal framework in place for dealing with wage and hour violations. Employees can file wage and hour claims when employers violate these laws and seek enforcement through the state’s labor standards enforcement agencies.
At Hershey Law, our experienced Los Angeles wage and hour attorneys understand the emotional turmoil of realizing one’s wages have been wrongly withheld or misallocated. We are passionate about helping employees recover their California unpaid wages, overtime, and other benefits.
To receive a free and honest evaluation of your case, reach out to us by calling (310) 929-2190 or contacting us online. We will fight for your rights and make sure California employers don’t get away with wage theft, hour violations, and other unfair practices!
Wage & Hour Disputes
Does your employer owe you unpaid wages? Are you not being paid for overtime? Perhaps you are fighting for the wages you are entitled to receive? Hershey Law in Los Angeles offers a deep understanding of employment law. Additional to wage and hour laws, lunch break law violations commonly occur in California.
Discrimination happens when an employer or supervisor treats one person differently than another based on protected characteristics such as race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religious beliefs, gender identity, and age. Gender discrimination can also be in the form of offering less pay to a woman.