Wage and hour violations refer to monies that a worker has earned and should have received following a hard day's work. When an employer in California has violated the wage and hour laws and protections afforded to workers in the state, there can be consequences.
Wage and hour violations can go back 4 years and, at the minimum, ensure that California workers earn and are paid at least the minimum wage for their work in the state. Wage and hour violations can occur when the worker was paid by the job but not paid for their time between jobs; when the worker was not paid overtime pay they earned; when the worker was paid on commission but not for time the employee spent working when they could not earn a commission; if the worker is told to wait to clock in after beginning work; if the worker was sent home from their scheduled shift; if the worker is not allowed meal or rest breaks; and if the employee was terminated or resigned and had to wait any period of time for their final paycheck.
Wage and hour violations can have a detrimental effect on the worker's livelihood, which can negatively affect their ability to support themselves and their loved ones. As a result, it is important for California workers who have suffered wage and hour violations, and their families, to be familiar with the legal protections available to them when their wage and hour rights have been violated.
Workers harmed by wage and hour violations can recover compensation for the wages they are owed and can ensure employers are held accountable to workers for wage and hours violations. Understanding these legal protections, and how they can help, is important for workers working hard each day to support and care for themselves and their families.