Wage theft is a form of fraud that occurs when employers do not pay their workers in accordance with the law. Many employees experience wage theft in many different ways, and these individuals deserve to be compensated for all of their unpaid wages. Speak with an employment law lawyer in California about a possible case as soon as possible.
Whether an employer makes an honest mistake or intentionally violates the law, wage theft can result in serious losses for employees. Too often, an employee might not even realize they experienced wage theft, as this violation can take many forms. A California unpaid wages lawyer can evaluate your situation and advise you whether your employer owes you money for unpaid wages or benefits.
There are many different laws that protect an employee’s right to certain payments in California, and there are many ways that employers violate these laws. Some examples of how wage theft might occur include:
Employers also can violate wage laws by refusing to allow employees to access payroll records and other files. If you think that your employer might have engaged in any of the above behaviors, you might have unpaid wages you deserve, and you should reach out to a trusted employment attorney.
The Wage Theft Protection Act of 2011 went into effect on January 1, 2012, and added section 2810.5 to the California Labor Code. The act requires all employers to provide every employee with a written notice containing specified information at the time of their hire.
Workers must receive the required notice containing specific information at the time of their hire, including:
All private sector employers get coverage from the Wage Theft Protection Act of 2011 unless there is a specific exception. With certain exceptions, employers must provide written notice to every employee at the time of hiring. This notice gives employees a jumping off point to recognize wage theft. If anything does not match with what they received, they should speak with an attorney immediately.
Sometimes, an employer simply makes an error, and they are willing to correct it when we contact them about your unpaid wages. Other times, however, employers deny the problem, which requires us to file an unpaid wages complaint. Even worse, some employees experience unlawful retaliation by an employer for complaining of possible wage theft.
We will need to gather and present the proper documentation and evidence to prove that your employer did, in fact, commit wage theft. The evidence needed will vary depending on the specific issues and claims in your situation. We know how to build your case in order to bring your strongest claim for unpaid wages. We also bring claims on behalf of multiple employees who suffered the same type of wage theft from the same employer.
If you think your employer has wrongly taken wages from you, then you could have a wage theft claim. You will want to get in touch with Mara Law Firm for help with filing a claim and recovering all of the financial compensation you need and deserve.
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