Wage/Hour Disputes

Wage/Hour Disputes

Lipeles Law Group is a Southern California law firm representing workers engaged in wage and hour disputes with an employer. Wage and hour laws are designed to protect workers and ensure that they are treated fairly. At Lipeles Law Group, we help workers understand these laws, their legal rights, and their options for standing up for those rights.

Attorneys for All Types of Wage and Hour Disputes

At Lipeles Law Group, we have successfully managed all types of wage and hour disputes. Our attorneys are skilled and ready to help California workers with disputes involving:

Unpaid Wages

California law requires employers to fully compensate workers for all hours worked. That includes regular wages and overtime pay. It is illegal for an employer to withhold overtime pay that workers qualify for, manipulate hours in order to pay less, or withhold a portion of your wages for certain work-related costs. Employers must also pay workers any commission or bonus pay.

If your employer is not paying you all of the wages that you are entitled to, you may have grounds to file a wage and hour dispute. There is a process for recovering unpaid wages, and it is best to consult with an employment law attorney before attempting a claim on your own.

Minimum Wage Violations

California law requires employers to pay their employees a minimum wage. Currently, the state minimum wage is $12.00 per hour for businesses with less than 25 employees. For businesses with more than 25 employees, the minimum wage is $13.00 per hour. Any business that falls under California labor laws must comply with these minimum wage requirements.

There are exceptions to minimum wage requirements, such as for physically or mentally disabled workers, family members, or nonprofit organizations. If you have questions or concerns about minimum wage laws in California, it is best to contact an employment law attorney before filing a wage dispute.

Worker Misclassification

Intentionally or unintentionally misclassifying a worker can result in disputes over wages, tax requirements, and benefits. For example, if an employee is misclassified as an independent contractor, then he or she may not be compensated for working overtime hours. Similarly, an employee may be wrongfully terminated if he or she is classified as an independent contractor.

It is also illegal for an employer to misclassify a supervisor or manager as salary exempt. Sometimes employers try to avoid paying overtime and benefits by classifying employees as independent contractors. This is illegal and is a violation of your rights.

California workers who are misclassified may be able to recover compensation for the money they should have earned had they been properly classified. Employers who misclassify workers may also be subject to penalties through the California Labor Commission.

Meal and Rest Break Violations

California law requires employers to provide employees with uninterrupted meal and rest breaks throughout their shift. These breaks must be uninterrupted. Generally, the rules require:

  • One paid rest break (at least 10 minutes) per four hours of work.
  • One unpaid meal break (at least 30 minutes) every five hours.

If the employee works particularly long shifts, then he or she may be entitled to additional meal and rest breaks. If the employer calls, texts, or comes into the break room to ask questions or ask the employee to clock back in early, it is a violation of the employee’s rights. 

Employers who do not comply with California’s meal and rest break law are subject to penalties. Employees may be entitled to recover the equivalent of two days of wages for every workday in the past three years when California labor laws were violated.

Get Help With Your California Wage and Hour Dispute

Speaking up about your employer violating California labor laws is a daunting task. Fortunately, it is a task that you don’t have to undertake alone. At Lipeles Law Group, our employment law attorneys know how to help workers build a case and gather evidence to prove it. Contact us to find out how we can help you with your wage and hour dispute.