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Experienced Representation in Wage & Hour Claims

Employers are required to abide by the regulations outlines in the California Labor Code regarding wages. The law dictates that employees be compensated fairly for their work and protected from being taken advantage of. Sadly, many employers have been known to violate some of these rules in an attempt to save money that is rightfully owed to the employee.

The Woodland Hills wage dispute lawyers at The Law Office of Gary Rodich are here to advocate for your rights. With our help, you can file a claim against your employer and fight for fair wages.

Wage Discrimination in California

In California, it is illegal to determine an individual’s wages based on their ethnicity, nation of origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, or religion. Under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, this kind of treatment is considered discrimination. You can file a discrimination complaint if you find that your employer is paying you unfairly due to any one of these qualities.

California Minimum Wage & Unpaid Overtime

According to state law, a nonexempt employee who works more than eight hours in a day or more than forty hours in a week must be compensated for their overtime at a rate of one and one-half times their regular rate of pay. Most workers who work on an hourly basis are considered nonexempt employees.

Employees in California must also be paid at state minimum wage or higher. As of 2021, California's minimum wage is $14/hr for employers with at least 26 employees, and $13/hr for employers with 25 or fewer employees.

A common violation in California is when employers choose the lower, federal minimum wage amount, instead of the higher, state minimum wage. Employers are required to choose the higher standard of the two if the federal minimum wage differs from the states.

Employers may also try to get around the minimum wage rule by putting an employee on a salary status, but giving them a salary that actually amounts to less than minimum wage per hour.

Misclassification and Wages

Whether intentional or not, employers commonly misclassify their employees in ways that affect their legal obligations for paying those individuals. For example, an employer may classify an employee as an independent contractor when, in reality, they are an hourly nonexempt worker. The employer may use this as a justification for not paying that employee minimum wage or for overtime.

By filing a claim and having the situation undergo investigation of your job duties and pay, it can be determined if your employer is illegally under-paying you.

Meal and Rest Breaks

Another instance that could justify a wage dispute is if an employer is denying you meal and rest breaks. California requires that nonexempt workers take a 30-minute meal break if they work more than 5 hours in a day. These workers must also take a 10-minute break for every 4 hours they work.

An employer will be legally obligated to pay you an extra hour of regular pay for every instance where you didn’t take a break. If this pay is denied you, or if you are being denied the right to take the rest periods you are entitled to, you may file a meal period claim.

When Your Rights Are Violated, Turn to a Skilled Advocate

The employment lawyers at The Law Offices of Gary Rodich has been representing clients for more than 35 years. We are dedicated to standing up for your rights and aggressively fighting for fair wages on your behalf. If you are being paid unfairly, our Woodland Hills wage dispute lawyer is here to help you navigate the claims process.

Contact us online or call today at (818) 403-3737 to begin with a free, initial consultation!