Everybody deserves to be paid fairly for the work that they are engaged in. However, far too many employers in the Long Beach area do not properly pay their workers. At Rager & Yoon – Employment Lawyers, our team understands that there are various types of wage fraud that employers can engage in. When you need a Long Beach wage fraud attorney, we will investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you are entitled to.
Imagine not getting paid for your work
Wage fraud is real, and it affects hundreds of thousands of workers in California. First, we want to point out that the minimum wage in California must be adhered to by all employers. In 2020, this means that Employers in Long Beach who have 25 or fewer employees must pay workers $12 an hour. Companies with more than 25 employees must pay workers $13 an hour. Wages will continue to increase each year until they reach $15 an hour in 2022.
California employers are also required to pay overtime to any employee who works more than eight hours a day or more than 40 hours in a workweek. Overtime pay is 1.5 times an employee’s regular hourly rate. However, even workers on salary are entitled to overtime pay, though this can be a bit more difficult to calculate.
Common wage and hour fraud claims
Some of the most common wage fraud issues that the attorneys at Rager & Yoon – Employment Lawyers handle include the following:
- Overtime pay not provided
- Employers not providing rest breaks or meal breaks
- Employers rounding down their employee’s work time
- Not reimbursing employees for business expenses
- Late payments for wages or commissions
- Not properly paying employees for their commissions
- Failing to pay wages upon termination (including unused vacation days or paid time off)
Another major concern in the state of California is the misclassification of workers as independent contractors in order to avoid paying fair wages. This is illegal, and the state has recently passed Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), which significantly reduces the ability of employers to classify certain workers as independent contractors.
Unfortunately, many workers are afraid to report instances of wage fraud. This is often because people do not have other job options, and they are afraid they could lose their job if they make a report. This is particularly true for those of a lower socioeconomic status and minorities, including immigrants.
However, our wage fraud attorneys will work to ensure you receive full protection under the law, including protection from employer retaliation.
Let us get to work on your case
If an employer has not properly paid you or somebody you care about, you should seek legal assistance immediately. At Rager & Yoon – Employment Lawyers, we are dedicated to helping workers in Long Beach stand up to employers who pay workers less than they deserve. We will investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you are entitled to, which can include:
- Recovery of any unpaid wages
- Interest on those unpaid wages
- A waiting time penalty
- Court costs and legal fees