Category Archives: Wage & Hour Disputes

Information about wage & hour disputes, including overtime claims, in California

Oracle: A Culture of Pay Discrimination?

A lawsuit has been filed against Oracle, a computer technology corporation, alleging pay discrimination. Three female employees are seeking class-action status to represent all women at Oracle. The lawsuits state that Oracle paid female employees less than male employees for substantially similar work. The named plaintiffs are Rong Jewett, Sophy Wang and Xian Murray. Jewett worked with Oracle as an application engineer from April 2012 until July 2016. Wang worked in application engineering from October 2008 to March 2017. Murray worked at Oracle from March 2011 to October 2016. The company is accused of violating California’s Equal Pay Act. The California Equal Pay Act According to the California Equal Pay Act, “No employer shall pay any individual in the employer’s employ at wage rates less than the rates paid to employees of the opposite sex in the same establishment for equal work on jobs”. When a lawsuit is filed alleging…
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Why Are My Wages Not Increasing?

In a recent report by Business Insider, the rates of corporate profits and wage rates dating back to the 1950’s were analyzed. The results they found are unfortunate for workers. Wages have declined over time when compared to company profits. Researchers analyzing economies that are in recovery (our economy is recovering from the 2007 recession), have found that as time has moved forward since 1950, the top 10% of earners are getting much a larger share of profits than the bottom 90 percent. Furthermore, wage payments are at an all-time low when comparing them to Gross Domestic Income. This imbalance affects the entire economy, and workers now are fighting hard to increase wages. With employers paying historically low wage levels, knowing if you are being treated legally and fairly by your employer is more important than ever. What Are My Wage Rights as an Employee? Overtime: Any employee that is…
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How Do You Know If Your Employer Is Committing Wage Theft?

A recent report by the Economic Policy Institute estimated that low-wage workers in California lose $2 billion per year due to wage theft. Amidst many allegations against ridesharing giant Uber, they are now repaying drivers for shorting commissions for a number of years. The amount of the lost commissions totals in the tens of millions. Uber miscalculated commissions by not including driver taxes and fees into their calculations. Many drivers do not think the $900 reimbursement is not enough. 5 Signs of Wage Theft to Watch Out for Working through breaks: If an employer asks you to work through breaks, you must be paid for this time. Asking for “volunteer” hours for extra work off the clock is not legal. Altering timesheets: Has your employer cut hours on your timesheet to avoid overtime? Keep track of your hours to make sure they match your timesheet. Wage garnishment: Charging employees for…
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