Strong Presence of Wage Disputes in Weak Economy

With the economy still sputtering along in a slow recovery, there seems to be no shortage of disputes concerning wages. On February 2, 2012, the Sacramento Bee reported that several hundred state workers will be receiving back wages as part of an agreement to end five furlough lawsuits against the government. On January 26, 2012, the Bee reported that the state will be upping the pay for some Cal Fire managers because the money that rank-and-file firefighters earn in overtime was dissuading them from accepting promotions. And on January 17, 2012, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Supreme Court turned down an appeal from Applebee’s International Inc., in regards to a lawsuit accusing the restaurant of underpaying more than 5,500 servers and bartenders.

Wage issues are an area of employment law that we are frequently asked about, and it is easy to understand why a laborer is frustrated when he or she is underpaid or denied benefits he or she was entitled to. As always, we encourage you to contact our Los Angeles employment lawyers for answers to questions surrounding your specific case, but throughout the rest of this week we  will examine some of the more common questions that tend to arise from wage issues.

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