Los Angeles Unpaid Wages Lawyer
In the State of California, employers are required to ensure their employees are paid the proper minimum wages, overtime wages, and that employees receive wages for missed meal and rest periods. However, employers often fail to follow the rules regarding payment of wages. You may be a victim and not even know it.
For example, if you are an hourly paid factory employee working from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day with a 30-minute lunch break and two 15-minute rest breaks, then, in theory, you may be in a situation in which you are being paid all of your wages. But let’s take a closer look and see if that’s the case.
If your employer requires that you be in your seat and performing work by 8 a.m. and you are not permitted to stop working until 5 p.m., you may be working more than 8 hours per day depending on the workplace. Some employees have to come to work and go through a lengthy process to put a uniform and safety gear on first. They may have to wait in long lines to clock in. They may have to walk a far distance from the clock to their seats. And, they may have to do all of these things in connection with their lunch break and at the end of the day, as well.
If you end up working more than 8 hours in a day but are only being paid exactly 8 hours per day as you are scheduled, not only might you be working several minutes a day without pay, but that time may be unpaid overtime, which entitles you to 1.5 times your pay. And, if these practices cause you to take a lunch less than 30 minutes, you may be entitled to an extra hour of pay for taking a lunch less than 30 minutes in length, which is often required by California law. Finally, if your pay stub at the end of the pay period does not show that you were entitled to overtime pay and were paid overtime pay, and does not show that you were entitled to and received premium pay for not taking for full lunches, then you may be owed additional penalty pay for the inaccurate pay stub.
Although the damages resulting from these potential violations may seem small, they add up, particularly when penalties are added in. In class action cases with hundreds of thousands of employees, the unpaid wages often eclipse hundreds of thousands and often millions of dollars.
Thus, while you may not know it, you may actually be the victim of wage theft. The Bibiyan Law Group has represented employees across California in recovering unpaid wages in individual and class actions. If you want to know if your employer is failing to provide you with all of the wages you are owed, give Los Angeles Wage and Hour Lawyer David Bibiyan a call. He and his staff can let you know if you are a victim of wage theft and, if so, fight to recover your unpaid wages and penalties for you and, often, fellow employees, too.