Los Angeles Wage & Hour Violation Lawyers
Wage and hour violations can be as frustrating and upsetting for employees as they may be financially costly. While some employers may commit wage and hour violations because they are unfamiliar with the law, others may do so to try to maximize their own profits.
Regardless of why wage and hour violations occur, the fact is that they are illegal and that employees have legal options for fighting back when they’ve been the target of these violations.
At Moon and Yang, our Los Angeles employment lawyers are dedicated to protecting employees’ rights and helping them obtain justice after employers commit wage and hour violations. As fierce advocates and experienced litigators, our attorneys are ready to help you:
- Identify your best options for holding an employer accountable for their wage and hour violations
- Pursue all available legal remedies to maximize your financial recovery.
How Employers Commit Wage & Hour Violations
These violations can manifest in a number of ways, only some of which include employers’:
Wage violations such as:
- Failing to pay minimum wage, wages specified in an employment contract, or prevailing wage – Currently, the minimum wage throughout California is $10/hour,1 with some counties (including Los Angeles County) having approved higher minimum wages that are set to increase annually (until hitting $15/hour in 2020).
- Failing to pay commissions or taking illegal deductions from employees’ gratuities – These are two examples of wage theft, which can also involve misclassifying employees as contractors or forcing employees to work off the clock.
- Failing to reimburse for work-related expenses – Employers are obligated to reimburse employees for any expense reasonably necessary for workers to perform their jobs.
- Failing to pay overtime – California law2 requires employers to pay overtime pay (i.e, pay that is 1.5 times an employee’s standard hourly rate) for any hours worked over 8 hours in a given day or 40 hours in a given week. Failures to pay overtime can apply to salaried, as well as hourly, employees.
- Failing to pay double time – Double time pay is required for any time worked beyond 12 hours in a given day, as well as for all time worked on the eighth day (following seven consecutive days of work).
Hour violations such as:
- Not providing employees with meal or rest breaks
- Forcing employees to work through their meal or rest breaks
- Failing to provide nursing mothers with breaks to express breast milk.
Meal and Rest Breaks
California, employees are entitled to a 30-minute duty-free meal period every 5 hours worked. If they work 10 hours, they are entitled to two. The second can be waived if it is in writing, but not if the employee works over 12 hours. Also, the first meal period must begin within the first 5 hours of work. These meal breaks are considered unpaid.
In California, for every 4 hours worked, employees are entitled to a 10-minute duty-free rest break, which must be paid. The employee must take these rest breaks within each 4 hour period that they work, and cannot be lumped together later in the day.
In California, employers are permitted to pay employees on a piece-meal basis. For example, an employee can be paid for every delivery that they make, or each garment that they complete. However, the total amount that an employee is paid each day must still be equal to, or greater than the minimum wage in California.
Wage and Hour Violations: More Important Information for California Workers
- Retaliating against employees who report wage and hour violations is illegal. Examples of this type of retaliation can include demoting, laying off or firing those who have filed complaints about these violations.
- California law provides two to four years for employees to file claims regarding wage and hour violations (depending on the specific nature of the claim).3 Failing to meet these filing deadlines can limit – if not preclude – the options for recovery.
Get Experienced Help Fighting Wage and Hour Violations: Contact a Los Angeles Employment Lawyer at Moon and Yang, APC
If you have been the target of an employer’s wage and hour violations, you can turn to a Los Angeles employment lawyer at the Moon and Yang for aggressive, effective legal advocacy in your pursuit of justice.
At Moon and Yang, our lawyers have a strong commitment to our clients and bring substantial experience, knowledge and resources to simple and complex cases alike. Known for our diligence, tenacity and record of success, our attorneys are ready to provide you with unparalleled legal services while working tirelessly to advance your interests and bring your case to the best possible resolution.
From our offices based in Los Angeles, our trusted lawyers provide superior service to clients throughout Southern California, including those in Koreatown, Orange, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Buena Park, Garden Grove and throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
WHY HIRE US?
Our Los Angeles employment and business lawyers are experienced trial attorneys with significant experience representing both individuals and businesses in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. We have the experience you can count on to effectively represent you in any legal setting.
Our Aggressive Legal Advocacy
Our Los Angeles attorneys are ready to be fierce advocates for you. While this means that we never back down and that we are always ready to go up against even the most formidable opponents on your behalf, it also means that we will be aggressive in pursuing all remedies to which you may be entitled under state and federal law.
Our attorneys are dedicated to providing each of our clients with personalized, responsive, high-quality legal services. This means that you can count on us to be accessible to you throughout the course of your case while expertly guiding you through the legal process. It also means that we provide you with honest answers, realistic expectations and the maximum value while respecting your needs and addressing your concerns.
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What Makes Us a Different Kind of Law Firm
At Moon and Yang, our attorneys exemplify the all above qualities while bringing much more to every case they take on. Focused on providing the maximum value while putting our clients’ needs first, our Los Angeles lawyers always work diligently and tenaciously to:
- Preserve our clients’ rights and advance their interests
- Craft the strongest possible cases
- Help our clients achieve their long- and short-term goals so they can resolve their case as efficiently and favorably as possible.
This diligent work is backed by personal service, as our attorneys are committed to providing our clients with the answers they need as their cases progress so they are informed, involved, and educated throughout their litigation proceedings.
To find out more about our services and how we can help you, contact us today by calling (213) 232-3128 or by filling out our Free Case Evaluation Form.