The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other laws in California protect the rights of employees who are not compensated for their honest work. Employers who don’t pay or withhold wages from their employees are acting illegally. Whether your wages have been significantly reduced or if you have not been compensated for overtime, you have rights.
At The Kaufman Law Firm we fight to get the money your employer may owe you. Our firm has been serving clients’ needs in Westlake Village for over 20 years. We are sensitive to the problems our clients face at work. If you are not being fairly compensated by your employer, trust our expertise to get you the wages that are rightfully yours.
A Westlake Village wage and hour dispute attorney can seek compensation on behalf of employees who were not paid for their work. If you worked hard, you deserve to be compensated accordingly. Some common wage and fraud disputes we have handled in Westlake Village include:
Oftentimes, employees have questions related to similar situations and they may not be sure whether their legal rights have been violated or not. It’s essential you contact an attorney that will help you assess your circumstances and determine the best course of action. There are many federal laws that protect you from such an unfair work environment and you’re entitled to claim them.
Under California law, employees should be paid one-half their hourly wage when working more than eight hours and less than twelve hours a day. Also, the hourly wage should not be decreased to purchase uniforms or to maintain them. The hourly wage can be decreased when the employee agrees, the employer provides for meals or lodging. There are some other exceptions that allow employers pay below the minimum wage such as new employees learning the trade, disabled employees or employees in rehabilitation, and camp employees.
Employees can file a wage and hour claim with the the Labor Commissioner’s office or with the Superior Court of California. It’s important you choose carefully where you file your claim as it may affect the outcome of your case. Depending on your circumstances, an experienced Westlake Village wage and hour dispute attorney will be able to tell you which is the most appropriate way to handle your case in state or federal court.
We want to work with you and collect the money you are owed. Contact us today and schedule your initial case evaluation with Westlake Village wage and hour dispute attorney Matthew A. Kaufman.
Wage and hour claims have strict deadlines and penalties. Don’t wait until the last minute to file your claim. Also, it’s best you consult with your attorney before filing your claim as it will help you make appropriate decisions and avoid unnecessary legal complications.