Irvine Wage & Hour Lawyers
Proudly Helping Clients Fight Back Against Wage Theft
At Guardian Litigation Group, LLP, we help employees of all backgrounds fight to protect their rights under California’s wage and hour laws. We know that many employers refuse to pay employees fair wages for all of the long hours they put in at work, which is why we are committed to using our extensive legal resources to represent clients in a wide range of wage and hour disputes. Whether your employer refuses to pay for overtime work you perform after hours or they fail to pay the minimum wage, we fight hard to make sure vulnerable employees are not taken advantage of.
Common Examples of Wage Theft
We understand that employees are often afraid to speak up about wage and hour violations because they are afraid they will lose their job or face other forms of retaliation.
Employers commonly use the following methods to withhold wages from employees:
- Falsifying the Number of Hours Worked: Unethical employers alter employee time cards and falsely the total number of hours worked. This is particularly common with overtime hours since employers must pay time and a half if an employee goes past 8 hours in a workday.
- Misclassifying a Worker’s Status: Some employers try to classify workers as independent contractors so they can avoid the costs of health care benefits, workers' compensation, disability, unemployment, or Social Security insurance. Employers also misclassify workers to avoid paying minimum wage and overtime.
- Forcing Employees to Pay for Essential Job Items: Employers must pay for work equipment that is essential to the job and may even be required to reimburse an employee for travel time that is required to perform their job duties.
- Unlawful Paycheck Deductions: It is illegal for an employer to make deductions from your paycheck to minimize the compensation owed to you. This can include maintenance charges and deductions for tools or broken equipment.
- Meal and Rest Breaks: All non-exempt employees who work more than 5 hours a day must receive a 30-minute meal break. Those who work more than 10 hours are entitled to an additional 30-minute break. Employees are also entitled to a 10-minute rest break for every 4 hours they work in a day. It is illegal for employers in California to deny these breaks, or ask an employee to work or be "on call" during a meal or rest break.
Is it Illegal to Pay Less Than Minimum Wage in California?
In California it is illegal to pay employees less than minimum wage. Employers in the state of California with 25 or fewer employees must pay their employees at least $13 an hour. Employers with 26 or more employees must pay their employees $14 an hour.
We Are Ready to Aggressively Pursue the Compensation You Deserve
If your employer refuses to pay what you were promised in your employment contract or does not pay for the overtime hours you work, then reach out to Guardian Litigation Group, LLP so our legal advocates can help recover all of the wages you are entitled to. We know that you work hard for your money to support you and your family, which is why you can count on us to stand in your corner and use our extensive legal resources to fight for you.