There have been many wage and overtime lawsuits reported in the news recently, prominently in the tech sector. Remember, in California, in most instances, you are legally obligated to be paid for all of the hours you work.
Recently, the United States Department of Labor announced that LinkedIn was caught illegally withholding nearly $6 million in back wages to employees. As a result, the company agreed to pay $3,346,195 in overtime and back wages, and $2,509,646 in liquidated damages to 359 former and current employees working at company branches in California, Illinois, Nebraska and New York.
According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, investigators found that LinkedIn was in violation of the overtime and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
“This company has shown a great deal of integrity by fully cooperating with investigators and stepping up to the plate without hesitation to help make workers whole,” said Dr. David Weil, administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, in a press release. “We are particularly pleased that LinkedIn also has committed to take positive and practical steps towards securing future compliance.”
According to the agency, LinkedIn failed to record, account and pay for all hours worked by employees in a workweek. The FLSA requires that covered, nonexempt employees must be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 (note: California has a higher minimum wage) per hour for all hours worked, plus time and one-half their regular hourly rates for hours worked beyond 40 per week.
Employers who violate these laws are required to make back payments.
How Do I Know If My Employer Owes Me Money?
As we have reported, in California, it is illegal for employers to dock your wages below federal and state minimum wage guidelines by working you off the clock. If you feel like you may not be getting all of your wages, you should contact our employment attorney today.
Contact our attorneys today and make sure your employer is held liable for your predicament. We will seek the compensation you are owed if you have not been paid for the work you have performed.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys
Did You Know? If you are a salaried (exempt) employee, you should question all company policies that may impose unpaid work.