Wage And Hour Attorney in Beverly Hills
Helping Workers in California Obtain Unpaid Wages and Damages for Labor Law Violations
Many different laws at the federal and state levels work to protect the rights of employees in California and across the United States. These laws set out strict requirements for wages and time worked to prevent employers from taking advantage of or abusing workers. Even though every employer should be well-aware of every applicable employment law, many companies engage in wage and hour violations – whether intentionally or accidentally.
If you believe that your employer has violated any wage and hour law, you could be entitled to back pay as well as possible statutory damages. You should not wait to discuss your concerns with an experienced California wage and hour lawyer who can advise you of your legal rights and options in case of employment disputes.
Employees are either exempt or non-exempt from California wage and hour rules. Non-exempt employees are defined as “those engaged in professional, technical, clerical, mechanical, and related vocations, whether paid on a time, piece rate, commission, or other basis.”
Exempt employees may be exempt from wage and hour rules, such as overtime and lunch break laws. Employees who are exempt may include:
- White-collar employees
- Self-employed contractors
- Employees who receive commissions
Wage and Hour Cases in California
Both the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the California Labor Code set requirements for employers to follow in regard to many aspects of employment and compensation. With so many requirements, there are also numerous possible ways that companies can violate these laws and cause harm and hardship for workers.
Some common wage and hour cases that our California employment lawyers handle include:
- Failure to pay the minimum wage
- Failure to pay overtime rates when required
- Misclassifying employees to get around wage requirements
- Denying reimbursement of qualified expenses
- Denying qualified vacation pay
- Pay Stub violations
- Violations of FLSA
Any type of labor violation can cost workers money they earned, as well as violate additional rights under the law. The law provides employees with the right to take legal action to recover any losses they experience, and you should not wait to discuss possible options with an experienced attorney.
The amount of money you can expect to win in a successful wage and hour lawsuit is determined by the type of statute your employer violated.
If your employer fails to pay the minimum wage or overtime, you have the right to recover the underpaid amounts, plus interest and the attorney’s fees/litigation costs.
Furthermore, if you were paid less than the minimum wage in Beverly Hills, CA, and it was not due to your employer’s fair and reasonable error, you may be eligible for a further “liquidated damages” award equal to the unpaid wages interest payments.
Your Rights as an Employee in California
Employment law encompasses a wide variety of rights and obligations that comprise the employer-employee relationship. Employment law extends not just to present employees but also to past employees and job applicants. Employee rights are at the heart of many legal problems involving corporations, enterprises, and even small organizations.
Employment law is a complicated and difficult aspect of the law to understand and fully appreciate. These laws are continually changing in California. Whether you are an employee, an employer, or a job seeker, it is critical to understand an employee’s rights and a company’s responsibilities. This is why it is crucial to contact an employment law lawyer.
At Setareh Law Group, our award-winning attorneys can help you with your employment dispute. Contact us at +1 (866) 572-6384 for a free consultation of your case. With over 100 employment-related class actions under our belts, and millions of dollars won for our clients, our law firm can help you get back on your feet.
Employees have many rights under wage and hour laws, including:
- The right to be paid at least minimum wage for all hours worked
- The right to be paid 1.5 times their normal hourly wage for overtime work (over 40 hours in a week or eight hours in a day) for non-exempt employees
- The right to proper meal and rest breaks
- The right to have appropriate information on a pay statement
- The right to promised payment for vacation time or expense reimbursement
Your employer is responsible for keeping you safe at work. Employers must do the following to avoid workplace injuries:
- Make the workplace safe by recognizing and resolving health and safety problems.
- Have a health and safety strategy in writing.
- Inform you about potential risks in the job and teach you how to operate safely.
- Maintain Workers’ Compensation Insurance and pay for medical treatment for work-related injuries and illnesses.
- Maintain a record of all job injuries and illnesses. Employers must keep a record of all injuries and illnesses that occur during working hours.
- Display a poster titled “Safety and Health Protection on the Job” from Cal/OSHA.
- When an employee is badly wounded on the job, notify Cal/OSHA immediately.
If you suspect that your employer has violated any of these rights, you should schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney. Our law firm regularly assists with:
- Investigating possible violations
- Reporting the matter to the California Labor Commissioner
- Filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
- Filing a private wage lawsuit in civil court
Contact Our California Wage and Hour Lawyers to Discuss a Possible Case
An expert California employment lawyer from an employment law firm can assist you if you think your employer is breaking or has violated a wage and hour law. We can assist you in determining the severity of the violation and the appropriate next actions for you, which may include filing a labor board charge, filing a wage/hour lawsuit in California court, or joining a wage/hour class action in California.
Many California employment attorneys who represent employees operate on a contingency basis.
That means they are not paid until you are. If your wage/hour action is successful, your attorney will be paid a percentage of your awarded damages. Because California wage and hour rules require businesses to pay employees’ attorney’s costs in successful wage/hour claims, your overall recovery will not be reduced.
It is also usual for plaintiffs’ attorneys in California to file class-action lawsuits on behalf of a significant number of employees.
When an employer underpays one employee, they usually underpay others as well. Class action lawsuits enable employment lawyers to commit greater resources to wage and hour litigation.
The wage and hour attorneys at Setareh Law Group regularly fight for unpaid wages and other legal relief for employees. Call (866) 572-6384 or contact us online to discuss a possible case today.
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- Expense Reimbursement
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