Free Consultation
"No Win, No Fee Guarantee"

What is Wage Theft? (Updated March 2024)

California is known for its progressive labor laws, designed to protect workers and ensure fair compensation. However, even in this environment, a major problem still exists. This problem is wage theft.

What is Wage Theft?

Wage theft is when employers withhold wages or benefits legally owed to their employees. It’s a widespread issue that can significantly impact your paycheck. Billions of dollars are stolen from employees annually. Wage theft isn’t always a blatant refusal to pay. It can manifest in various sneaky ways, often targeting vulnerable workers unaware of their rights. Here are some common examples:

  • Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors: This deprives workers of minimum wage, overtime pay, and other benefits they deserve as employees.
  • Off-the-Clock Work: Employers may pressure employees to work through breaks or after hours without proper compensation.
  • Meal and Rest Break Violations: Denying or shortening mandated meal and rest breaks is a form of wage theft, as these breaks are considered compensable work time in California.
  • Misclassification of Overtime: Employers may miscalculate overtime pay or exclude certain bonuses or commissions from the overtime rate, resulting in less pay for your extra hours.
  • Wage Deductions: Illegal deductions can include excessive charges for uniforms, tools, or equipment.

The Impact of Wage Theft

Wage theft isn’t just a minor inconvenience. It can have serious financial consequences for workers and their families. Unpaid wages can create a ripple effect, leading to difficulty paying bills, rent, or affording basic necessities. This can result in workers relying on credit cards or loans to make ends meet, adding to their financial burden. Wage theft also creates financial insecurity that can lead to significant stress and anxiety, impacting mental and physical health.

Fighting Back Against Wage Theft

California law empowers workers to fight back against wage theft. Here are some resources available to you:

  • The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE): The DLSE investigates wage theft claims and helps employees recover unpaid wages. You can file a complaint online or by phone.
  • An Employment Attorney: An experienced employment lawyer can advise you on your legal rights, navigate the claims process, and represent you in court if necessary.

The Law Office of Corey A. Pingle

If you suspect you’re a victim of wage theft in California, don’t hesitate to seek help. The Law Office of Corey A. Pingle is dedicated to protecting workers’ rights and holding employers accountable for wage theft. We understand the complexities of California labor law and have a proven track record of success in helping employees recover their stolen wages and secure the compensation they deserve. We have over 150 five star reviews with millions of dollars in settlements. We believe that everyone should have access to legal representation. This is why we offer free consultations and have a no win, no fee guarantee with zero up front costs.

Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your situation and explore your legal options. Don’t let wage theft steal your hard-earned pay.

Phone: 714-593-2306


Related Posts

Skip to content