There are several ways in which California workers can have their rights violated by employers in terms of work hours and pay. Each of these types of wage and hour violations involves a different type of legal remedy, so it is important, if you have been denied fair payment for your work, that you talk to a good personal injury lawyer who understands the laws regarding payments to employees.
One way your rights can be violated in terms of payment for work is if you are simply denied compensation altogether. An employer might ask you to work “off the clock,” and imply that if you do not you could lose your job. An example of this is when employers tell employees that they did not finish their work in a “timely manner” and must finish “on their own time.” However, it is against California employment law for any employer to require employees to work without compensation.
Another way your rights can be violated is by denying overtime compensation to you based on some classification the employer says you fall under. For example, a salaried employee might be denied overtime pay because she is not an “hourly” employee. However, a salary does not mean that an employer can legally require you to work longer hours for the same pay.
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