California’s minimum wage is required to be paid for nearly all employees with a few notable exceptions. However, in some cases, you may need a California employment law attorney to help you in the event that an employer is not following all of the wage laws that apply to their business. Some of the problems employees can encounter with wages include:
- Overtime pay – in some instances, employers fail to pay employees proper overtime wages. Workers are required to be paid overtime for any hours over eight per day or 40 per week. Hours 9-12 will be paid at 1.5 the hourly rate, hours worked over 12 are paid at twice the hourly rate.
- Breaks – employers are supposed to allow employees – working more than five hours – at least a 30 minute work break for meals, which may be unpaid. They are also supposed to provide at least a 10 minute rest break that is typically paid.
- Classification – employers often attempt to classify an employee as a salaried employee rather than paying them an hourly wage. In certain cases, this classification is illegal. There are over twenty factors to evaluate in an attempt to determine if a worker has been properly classified.
- Hours worked – employers must pay employees for all hours worked and in addition, if they are laid off or otherwise terminated they must be paid for all work within specific periods of time. In most cases, this is upon termination.
- Unfair deductions – employers may not charge employees for uniforms required for on the job use. In addition, employees are entitled to be reimbursed for equipment that may only be used for work-related purposes. In some cases, employees may be entitled to reimbursement for things like cell phone charges.
When to contact a California employment law attorney
Any employee who believes their employer is not paying lawful wages should contact LynchLaw for a case evaluation. In some cases, employees may band together and file a class action suit against an employer who has a history of violating fair wage laws. Attorney Michael Lynch is well-versed in all aspects of employment law and can evaluate your case.
Whenever you are involved in any type of wage dispute with an employer, it is a good idea to reach out to an attorney who will help you understand the law and help protect your rights. Attorney Michael Lynch has focused his attention on employer/employee law and can help protect your rights. There is no charge for a consultation and if you have a suit he can help protect your rights as an employee.