If you ever feel like you are owed back wages or overtime pay, you should speak to a labor attorney.
California has minimum wage laws that exist to ensure that workers are being paid properly—your employer is not allowed to pay you below a specific amount or dock your check in a way that would result in your pay dropping below the wage.
Additionally, non-exempt employees must be paid overtime wages, which is time-and-a-half wages for each hour worked over 40 in individual workweeks.
Recently, the city of Los Angeles filed a wage theft lawsuit against contractors it hired for the construction of a $9.6 million animal shelter.
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, City Attorney Mike Feuer filed a lawsuit against Mackone Development Inc., which won the contract from the city in 2010 and completed work on the facility last year, as well as subcontractors Pak’s Cabinet, Lectrify, Southern California Steel, KCC General Construction, King Wire Partitions Inc. and Nader Construction.
The lawsuit alleges that the companies did not pay the “prevailing wage, forced employees to work overtime with no pay, underpaid workers, told them to lie to inspectors or threatened to retaliate against workers if they complained.”
“There is nothing more reprehensible when you don’t pay workers what they are owed,” Feuer said in a statement, according to the Daily News.
What Should I Do If I Am Owed Back Wages?
As this case allegedly shows, wage and overtime theft theft lawsuits are effective in making sure that employers pay employees properly and not below minimum wage guidelines. If you have a similar case, you should contact our attorneys today, as we can help you seek out back pay.
Do not let this happen to you. If you are experiencing wage issues at work, we will seek the damages you are owed. Call us today.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys