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How Does California Define Unpaid Wages?

Work, labor, or service supplied by contract, subcontract, station plan, partnership, or other arrangements if the labor to be compensated for is performed personally by the individual seeking payment.

An employer is required to pay you the compensation you earned for the work you did. Unpaid wages are defined as violations of Employment Code section 200. They can result in statutory and civil penalties as outlined in section 210, including a waiting time penalty, which occurs when an employer fails to provide a former employee with his or her final paycheck within, say, 14 days, and the employer is liable for wages during that 14-day period.

  • Denies an employee a bonus to which they were entitled.
  • Fails to pay an employee the tips they earned.
  • Refuses to pay a salesperson their commission.
  • They won’t pay an employee for the time they worked off the clock.
  • Requires an employee to work during their breaks.
  • Misclassifies individuals as contractors instead of employees.

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Failing To Pay The Wages You Earned Is Illegal

Employers are expected to pay you on time for the earnings. If you leave a job unwillingly due to a layoff or unjust termination, your employer is required to pay you promptly, including any unpaid vacation days or time-off benefits, as well as earned sales commissions and incentives. Under the California Employment Code, if you voluntarily quit, you are entitled to collect any money owed to you within 72 hours.

If you are owed pay in California, your employer is in violation of the law. It’s likely that you’ve been the victim of a policy of withholding pay for as long as possible. Instead of asserting your rights under the law governing unpaid wages, many firms expect that you would simply go away and not worry about the amount you are still due.

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Your rights as an employee have been violated in every single one of these ways. You have a responsibility to understand that being treated in such a manner is not typical. It is not an acceptable behavior. We are able to put up a fight for you.


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Do I Have an Unpaid Wage Claim?

The number one way to ensure you have a claim is to talk to a California unpaid wage lawyer. They will be able to advise you on that concern. In the meantime, the following should give you a basic understanding of what you can file a claim for. You can file a claim if your employer:

  • Violated minimum or overtime wages;
  • Didn’t pay your vacation time;
  • Didn’t give you your tips or commission; or,
  • Took away deductions without good reason.

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We Can Help If You Are A Victim Of Wage Theft

California protects its hourly and salaried workers by ensuring they are paid correctly for hours worked or their income. Sales commissions, bonuses, overtime, and regular remuneration are all included in this pay.

Wage theft is a broad phrase that refers to a variety of situations in which an employee is not properly compensated for the time they labor. Wage theft can occur in any industry.


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We are committed to standing up for the rights of all workers, whether blue or white-collar, and we are ready to put our extensive resources to work for you to help you get the compensation and justice you deserve if you have been wronged on the job. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A: Age discrimination is treating an individual unfairly or differently because of their age. This can include denying employment, promotions, or training opportunities based on age.

A: In the United States, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits employment discrimination against individuals who are 40 years of age or older. Some states may have additional laws protecting against age discrimination.

A: Yes, age discrimination can occur during any stage of the employment process, including hiring. For example, an employer may choose not to hire someone based solely on their age, even if they are otherwise qualified for the position.

A: If you believe you have been a victim of age discrimination, you should speak with an employment lawyer or file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC investigates claims of discrimination and may take legal action against employers who violate anti-discrimination laws.

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