California’s wage and hour laws dictate aspects of the employer/employee relationship such as the minimum amount employees must be paid per hour, when workers are entitled to paid rest breaks, when workers are entitled to 1.5x their pay, when workers are entitled to 2x their pay, what protections workers receive at work, and more.
Unfortunately, these laws are also some of the most difficult for the average person to understand and that can give employers an unfair advantage. At LawPLA, our experienced employment law team has a proven track record when representing workers impacted by wage and hour violations.
Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors
Wrongful classification of employees as independent contractors is a common wage and hour violation associated with the recent emergence of the so-called “gig economy.”
Drawing and understanding the legal distinction between the two is tricky, but the key take away is this: by classifying workers as independent contractors, employers try to avoid many legal obligations owed to traditional employees. These include but are not limited to the provision of overtime pay, payment of minimum wage, payment of employment taxes, and benefits to which employees are legally entitled. If you believe an employer has deliberately or mistakenly classified you as an independent contractor instead of an employee, contact LawPLA to schedule a free consultation.
Misclassification of Regular Employees as Exempt Employees
A similar wage and hour violation occurs when employers deliberately or mistakenly classify “regular” employees as “exempt employees.” Exempt employees are those whose salaries, job responsibilities and ability to exercise independent judgment make them ineligible to receive overtime pay and other wage and hour benefits.
If you think you’ve been wrongfully classified as an exempt employee, it is crucial to get proper legal advice. The employment law team at LawPLA will evaluate your circumstances to see if you have a viable claim and if so, act accordingly.
Other Types of California Wage and Hour Law Violations
Other common types of wage and hour violations occur when employers deliberately or mistakenly fail to provide qualifying workers with overtime, meal and rest breaks, minimum wage payments and so forth. Under California law, retaliation against workers impacted by wage and hour violations that file complaints or pursue legal recourse is also prohibited.
Contact Los Angeles Wage and Hour Violations Attorneys for a Free Consultation Today
If you think that your employer is shortchanging you by violating state wage and hour laws, it is important to take prompt and meaningful action.Contact LawPLA to learn how we can help resolve your wage and hour violations case today.