The Los Angeles Times had an interesting column recently about employers attempting to save money by quibbling with low-wage employees.
The column, by Michael Hiltzik, explained how wage theft is hurting employees of fast food restaurants and retail jobs.
“Nickel-and-diming pays well, for the employer,” Hiltzik explained. “A study published in 2010 by a network of employment rights organizations calculated that employment and labor law violations cost low-wage workers in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles alone an estimated $56.4 million a week.”
Hiltzik reported that a survey done by UCLA discovered that respondents lost an average of 12.5 percent of their pay, or $2,070 annually out of average pay of $16,500, due to wage theft.
This news comes on the heels of several wage and overtime class action lawsuits that have been filed across the country against fast food chains like McDonalds.
Locate a Los Angeles Employment Lawyer
As we have been reporting over the last few weeks as more wage lawsuits have caught national media attention, California laws exist to ensure that employees are given fair and just compensation for the work they perform.
This is why wage and overtime claims are often resolved through the court system. Employers simply cannot dock your wages below federal and state minimum guidelines—they must pay you fairly for work you perform.
If you have been wronged by your employer and are tired of having money stolen from you, you may be able to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation. Call our office today to schedule a consultation at (310) 273-3180.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys