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Helping Workers Get The Money They Are Entitled To

At Rothschild & Alwill, APC, our lawyers help workers throughout Southern California obtain compensation for wage and hour law violations.

Misunderstandings Can Cause Lost Wages

Often, employers are unfamiliar with the California Labor Code. These misunderstandings may result in employee misclassification (for example, labeling you as an independent contractor instead of an actual employee) or work schedules that violate wage and hour laws. But even an unintentional violation can result in lost wages. You deserve to get paid at the correct rate for all the hours you work:

  • Overtime in a workday: Non-exempt employees must be paid 1.5 times their regular rate of pay when they work more than eight hours in any workday. If the employee works more than 12 hours in any workday, they must be paid double their regular pay rate.
  • Overtime in a workweek: On the seventh consecutive day of work in a workweek, non-exempt employees must earn 1.5 times their regular pay rate for the first eight hours worked. Any additional hours worked must be paid at double the regular pay rate.
  • Sick time: California employers must provide paid sick leave for employees who work at least 30 days in a year.
  • Vacation time: California does not require employers to provide employees with paid or unpaid time off. If provided, the policy must comply with accrual and vesting laws. And if you are entitled to paid vacation time at your job, your employer cannot withhold pay or punish you for using it.
  • Meal and rest breaks: Employees must be given a 10-minute rest break for every four hours worked and a 30-minute meal break after five hours of work.
  • Bonuses or commissions wages: These must be paid within a specified time period after being earned by the employee. Employers cannot withhold these wages as a form of retaliation or when the employee leaves.

Let Us Help

If your employer failed to pay you the compensation you are entitled to, our attorneys can help. Email the firm or call us in Bakersfield at (661-369-8510) or Santa Barbara at (805-845-1190) to schedule a free confidential consultation. Se habla español.