According to employment law in California, employees are entitled to a certain amount of wages as well as special payment for overtime hours. Some employers try to save money by withholding wages, refusing to pay overtime or committing other wage violations. Luckily, there are ways you can collect compensation to pay for your lost wages.
What are some examples of wage and hour violations?
One common wage and hour violation involves a company’s failure to compensate its employees for overtime. In December 2020, a former Amazon employee filed a lawsuit against the company for allegedly failing to pay overtime wages as well as bonuses, commission payments and other wages that the company had promised the employee.
Failing to give employees meal periods and breaks is another common employment law violation. The former Amazon employee also alleged that the company gave her so much work to do that she was unable to take her meal breaks. Under the current law, all employees are entitled to a 30-minute meal period if they’re scheduled for a certain number of hours.
In addition, the suit alleges that Amazon made it difficult for the employee to view her payment information and keep track of her wages. As a result, she found it difficult to determine whether she was receiving fair compensation or not. According to California labor laws, every employee should have easy access to their payment information provided by the company.
What should you do if you’ve been the victim of a wage violation?
If you haven’t been paid the compensation that you deserve, you might find it difficult to maintain your standard of living. An attorney may help you file a lawsuit to receive compensation for your lost wages, overtime pay and paid break periods.