If you have been terminated from your position, that does not change the fact that you are entitled to payment for any work you have already completed. This includes any of your salary wages, hourly pay, commissions, overtime, paid to time off, etc. However, it is not uncommon for employers to simply not pay any of these wages after an employee has been terminated. This is illegal, and the team at The Kaufman Law Firm is here to help. If you need a Los Angeles termination dispute attorney concerning your wage and hourly pay, we will get to work on your case and help you secure any compensation you are entitled to.
Leaving a job, whether intentionally, after being fired, or due to a layoff, can lead to many concerns for the worker involved. One of the biggest concerns is what benefits you may be entitled to as well as receiving any payment that you have earned but have not yet received.
It is crucial to examine California law when working to understand when your employer must pay your last wages. All states have laws dictating when employees must get their final paychecks. In California, this time limit depends on whether the employee quits or is fired and whether or not they gave notice in advance.
California has the strictest laws in the nation concerning a final paycheck. Any employee who is fired or laid off is entitled to receive their final paycheck immediately upon termination.
The laws vary for employees who quit. If an employee gives their employer at least 72 hours’ notice before they leave the job, they are entitled to their final paycheck immediately upon the completion of that 72 hours. However, if an employee quits without giving 72-hour advance notice, then the employer is required to provide the final paycheck to that employee within 72 hours after the employee quits.
California law also requires that employers include all accrued, unused vacation, or paid time off in the final paycheck of the employee.
Employers who fail to pay final wages when they are due can face a waiting time penalty. The penalty will be the employee’s average daily wage for every day that the employer is late for their payment, up to a maximum of 30 days.
The payment of wages is governed by both federal and state laws and regulations. Each of these federal and state rules and regulations is extensive, and the overlapping and interplay between them are complicated. Unfortunately, many terminated employees who are owed wages do not have a thorough understanding of these laws. That is okay – you are not expected to be a legal genius in these situations. However, it is incredibly beneficial to work with a skilled Los Angeles unpaid wages attorney with experience in handling wages after termination.
An attorney can use the full resources of their office to conduct a complete investigation into your case. When you work with an attorney, you have someone who can do the following:
If you or somebody you care about has been terminated from a job but is having trouble receiving the rightful pay that you have earned, contact the team at The Kaufman Law Firm for help with your case today. Our qualified and experienced lawyers will get to work investigating every aspect of your claim so we can recover the compensation you are entitled to. When you need a Los Angeles termination dispute attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 818-990-1999.
Your job is more than just a source of income. It is a major part of your lifestyle. If you have been the victim of wrongful termination, wrongful demotion or any kind of discriminatory business practices, it is time to take action and contact a Ventura employment law attorney that can help. Attorney Matthew A. Kaufman and the team at The Kaufman Law Firm bring experience and a vast arsenal of legal resources to help clients recover the money they deserve.
To learn more, contact our Westlake Village or Los Angeles law office today and schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.