The Ribera Law Firm recognizes that wage and hour violations come in many forms. Wage theft may take the form of minimum wage violations or failure to pay overtime. If you are a current or former employee who was not compensated adequately or you feel you were treated unfairly by your employer, contact our Employment Law specialists right away. We have experience handling all types of labor disputes, and we can protect your rights under the Federal Labor Standards Act, the Industrial Welfare Commission’s Wage Orders, and California Labor Code. You need to act quickly, because statutes of limitations can limit your right to recovery. Attorneys at the Ribera Law Firm are prepared to review your case promptly.
Common forms of wage and hour violations include:
- Misclassification of exempt employees under the salary basis and/or duties tests
- Independent contractor misclassification
- Failure to provide adequate 30-minute, uninterrupted meal periods every 5 hours of work
- Failure to make 10-minute rest periods available every 4 hours, or major fraction thereof
- Non-payment of wages for work performed prior to starting a shift or after ending a shift, also known as “off-the-clock” work
- Non-payment of wages for time spent traveling from one job assignment to the next
- Failure to reimburse for business expenses, such as mileage reimbursements or purchases of materials used to perform a job
- Failure to pay promised Vacation Pay
- Unlawful deduction of wages where no gross negligence was involved
Each of these violations may carry additional penalties under the Private Attorney General Act and the California’s Unfair Competition Law. For more information, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and the California Department of Industrial Relations’ Labor Commisioner’s Office are excellent resources.
Contact the Employment Law attorneys at Ribera Law for help asserting your legal rights against the wrongful actions of employers.