Los Angeles Unpaid Overtime Lawyer
As an employee, you have certain rights when it comes to how much you are paid for the work that you do. If you believe that your employer has not paid you the overtime wages that you are entitled to, you may be able to file a lawsuit to recover those unpaid wages. An experienced employment law attorney in Los Angeles can review your case and advise you of your legal options.
Overtime Laws in California
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that establishes minimum wage and overtime pay standards. Some states have their own laws regarding overtime pay, and in those states, employees are entitled to the higher of the two rates.
The California Labor Code establishes overtime rules for many employees in the state of California. When the federal law conflicts with California law, employees are entitled to the one that provides the most protection, which, in many cases, is the California laws.
Under California law, employees must be paid one and a half times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 8 in a day or 40 in a week.
Common Ways Employers Try to Evade Overtime Pay
- One common way that employers avoid paying overtime is by misclassifying workers as exempt from overtime laws. There are certain categories of workers who are exempt from overtime laws, such as executive, administrative, and professional employees. However, employers often misclassify workers as exempt when they are actually non-exempt and entitled to overtime pay.
- Another way that employers avoid paying overtime is by requiring employees to work off the clock. This may happen if an employer requires an employee to finish up some work tasks after their shift has ended or if an employer asks an employee to come in early to do work before their shift starts. If you have been required to work off the clock, you may be entitled to receive compensation for those extra hours worked.
- Finally, employers may try to avoid paying overtime by having employees work from home. Although working from home can have some benefits, it can also be a way for employers to get around paying overtime. If you are working from home, make sure that you are keeping track of the hours you are working so that you can be sure you are being paid appropriately.
Choose Sessions & Kimball For Help With Your Overtime Claim
At Sessions & Kimball, we understand that hiring a lawyer is not a decision to be made lightly. However, we also know that there are times when it’s absolutely necessary. If you’re currently struggling with an overtime issue at your job, we urge you to consider hiring an experienced overtime lawyer. Here are three compelling reasons to hire us:
You Deserve to Be Paid What You’re Owed
If you’re working overtime hours, then you deserve to be paid for those hours. It’s as simple as that. We will help you get what is rightfully yours.
We Can Help You Get Your Job Back
In some cases, employees who speak up about not being paid for their overtime hours are retaliated against by their employers. This is also illegal. If you’ve been demoted, had your hours reduced, or been outright fired for asking to be paid for your overtime hours, we can help you get your job back and receive compensation for the wrongful termination.
You May Be Entitled to More Than Just Back Pay
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to more than just the wages you should have been paid for the overtime hours you worked. In some cases, employees are also able to recover liquidated damages, which is an additional amount of money awarded as punishment for the employer’s unlawful actions. We will help determine what you’re entitled to and will get you the most possible compensation.
If you need help with an overtime claim, contact us to schedule your free consultation.