Is California Cracking Down on Wage Theft?

If you have been keeping up with our blog recently, you know that there have been several high profile lawsuits filed against employers over wage and overtime theft claims. earnings statement

According to the Los Angeles Times, this is occurring in part, because the California controller has been working with the state labor commissioner, going after suspected wage violators. The paper reported that the controller has been filing lawsuits under California’s Unclaimed Property Law, when necessary, to collect back pay for employees.

California Controller John Chiang said that “Operation Pay-Up,” looks for pay discrepancies with employee checks and seeks judgments. In one case investigated by the Labor Commissioner’s Office and the state Department of Industrial Relations, a legal citation was issued against Spirit Airport Services.

According to the Times, an investigation by the agencies revealed that 182 former and current employees at Spirit who cleaned planes at Los Angeles International Airport were owed $853,384 in back wages, damages and penalties, after they were worked off the clock and required to clean planes that were being delayed.

How Can I File a Lawsuit If My Employer Owes Me Back Wages?

Remember, it is illegal for employers to pay you below federal and state minimum wage guidelines by working you off the clock. In addition, when a non-exempt employee works more than 40 hours per week, he or she is entitled to overtime wages, which are time-and-a-half wages for each hour worked over the 40-hour period.

Companies that fail to pay workers for the duties they perform may be operating in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Contact our employment attorneys if you suspect that an employer owes you back wages. It is possible that you could seek damages through a lawsuit. We will seek the compensation you are owed for the work you have performed.

Kesluk, Silverstein & JacobLos Angeles employment attorneys