How Do You Know If Your Employer Is Committing Wage Theft?
A recent report by the Economic Policy Institute estimated that low-wage workers in California lose $2 billion per year due to wage theft. Amidst many allegations against ridesharing giant Uber, they are now repaying drivers for shorting commissions for a number of years. The amount of the lost commissions totals in the tens of millions.
Uber miscalculated commissions by not including driver taxes and fees into their calculations. Many drivers do not think the $900 reimbursement is not enough.
5 Signs of Wage Theft to Watch Out for
- Working through breaks: If an employer asks you to work through breaks, you must be paid for this time. Asking for “volunteer” hours for extra work off the clock is not legal.
- Altering timesheets: Has your employer cut hours on your timesheet to avoid overtime? Keep track of your hours to make sure they match your timesheet.
- Wage garnishment: Charging employees for training materials or replacing equipment necessary for your job function. You do not have to pay for items that make your workplace operate correctly.
- Paying less than minimum wage: Are you receiving less than the state or federal minimum wage? Minimum wage laws apply to most employees. Contact a Los Angeles wage theft attorney to see if you are covered.
- Employee Misclassification: Misclassifying employees as independent contractors allow the employer to save a lot of money by withdrawing benefits and pay. Some employees get misclassified as managers so they do not have to be paid overtime.
Los Angeles wage attorneys at Kesluk, Silverstein, Jacob & Morrison, P.C. are dedicated to fight for the lost money you have worked hard to deserve.