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Important Facts about Min. Wage

Important Facts about Min. Wage

With the minimum wage in California set to increase to $10 in the New Year, now is a good time to point out some important facts about minimum wage and workers’ rights.

The Facts about Minimum Wage

  1. California is among 29 states that have set their own higher minimum wage – This refers to a minimum wage that is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour. According to Pew Research, this group of states includes more than 60 percent of the working population in the nation. Just as individual states have set their own minimum wages, so too have some larger cities within these states. Within the city of Los Angeles, for instance, the minimum wage is set to increase to $15 by 2020.
  2. The minimum wage is the same for minor and adult workers – In other words, California minimum wage laws do not distinguish between the ages of workers. These statutes simply dictate what he minimum wage rate of pay is (and when there may be exceptions to this rate, based on industry, etc.).
  3. Waivers cannot get employers out of paying minimum wage – In other words, employers are not legally permitted to pay workers less than the minimum wage just because workers have signed a waiver. The obligation to pay minimum wage (and the higher of that between state and federal minimum wages) is a legal requirement employers cannot sidestep via waivers.
  4. Employers can be sued for violation minimum wage laws – And these lawsuits can result in back pay, back benefits and possibly other damages for workers who have been deprived of minimum wages. Additionally, it’s important to note here that, if an employer retaliates against a worker who enquires about minimum wages or questions why (s)he is not being paid minimum wage, workers will generally have another claim against these employers (i.e., a retaliation claim).

Contact a Los Angeles Employment Attorney at Moon and Yang Professional Corporation

If your employer has failed to pay you the wages you have earned – or if you have been the target of employer retaliation, you can turn to an experienced Los Angeles employment attorney at the Moon and Yang Professional Corporation for aggressive, effective legal advocacy in your pursuit of justice. At Moon & Yang, our lawyers bring substantial experience, legal knowledge and resources to both simple and complex legal matters. In in various legal areas, we have helped our clients achieve short-term and long-term goals while keeping a realistic assessment of what to expect in the future.

To find out more about our services and how we can help you, contact us today by calling (213) 232-3128 or by emailing us using the contact form on this page.

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Categories: Min. Wage, Wage &Hour Violations