Irvine Unpaid Overtime Attorney
Under California law, employees are generally entitled to receive overtime pay for any hours worked beyond their standard work hours. Yet, despite this, countless employees still don’t receive the overtime pay they rightly deserve. This can be due to a number of reasons, such as improper employee classification or employers not accurately tracking hours worked. If you find yourself in this situation, we’re here to help. Contact Sessions & Kimball today to schedule a free consultation.
Why Hire Sessions & Kimball For an Unpaid Overtime Issue?
If you’re an employee who is missing out on overtime pay, you may have considered seeking legal help to ensure you get what you’re owed. Here’s why you should work with us:
- Our Irvine employment lawyers have been representing workers since 1985, amassing an impressive record of success.
- Our team of attorneys has prevailed in thousands of cases through trial, litigation, and confidential settlement. This level of expertise not only ensures a high chance of success for your case but also shows our unwavering commitment to fighting for workers’ rights.
- Many opposing attorneys, recognizing the firm’s expertise and dedication, refer their friends and acquaintances to us when they need representation. This type of referral is a clear sign of the respect we have earned through years of hard work and outstanding results.
How an Attorney Can Help You With Unpaid Overtime
An experienced California unpaid overtime lawyer can be your best ally in situations where you haven’t been paid overtime wages. Here’s how they can help:
- Understanding Complex Laws: A skilled attorney can help you understand which laws are applicable to your situation, and thereby evaluate whether or not you have a valid claim.
- Collecting Evidence: A lawyer can help you gather evidence that supports your case, such as timesheets, emails, and witness statements.
- Negotiation and Mediation: A seasoned attorney knows how to negotiate and mediate with your employer to try to reach a fair settlement. This can save time and avoid the stress of taking the case to court.
- Litigation Support: If your case does go to court, your attorney can guide you through the litigation process, fighting aggressively on your behalf to secure fair compensation.
California Overtime Laws
California labor laws mandate that employers pay non-exempt employees at least 1.5 times their regular rate of pay for any work exceeding 8 hours in a single day or 40 hours in a week. Employees should also receive 1.5 times their rate on the 7th day of work in a row for the first 8 hours:
- “One and one-half times the employee’s regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of eight hours up to and including 12 hours in any workday, and for the first eight hours worked on the seventh consecutive day of work in a workweek..”
This increased pay rate, known as overtime, is a crucial worker protection measure that guarantees employees are fairly compensated for the extra time they spend on their job.
In addition to this basic overtime rule, California’s labor laws also stipulate that workers should be paid double their regular rate for any hours worked beyond 12 in a single day. An employee who works seven consecutive days in a week is also entitled to double their rate of pay for any hours worked beyond the initial 8 on that seventh day:
- “Double the employee’s regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of 12 hours in any workday and for all hours worked in excess of eight on the seventh consecutive day of work in a workweek.”
Despite these clear guidelines, some employers still fail to comply with California’s overtime laws, either by neglecting to pay the appropriate overtime rate or by misclassifying employees as exempt from overtime requirements.
Contact Sessions & Kimball To Schedule a Free Consultation
Navigating unpaid overtime issues can be challenging and stressful, especially if you feel isolated and fearful of retaliation by your employer. Fortunately, Irvine unpaid overtime lawyers provide valuable support and advocacy, ensuring that your rights are protected. For help, contact Sessions & Kimball to schedule a free consultation.