Our Blog

Read about legislation, cases, law news on how our
work is helping our clients.
CONFIDENTIAL & FREE CONSULTATION

Wage laws can be complicated, and it is important for every employee to be fully aware of their rights to full wages from their employers. If you believe you have been denied the wages you deserve, contact a California unpaid wages lawyer for help. 

When you think of wages, you might think of the hourly pay that you earn for your work. However, “wages” can mean a lot more under California law. Wages include any payment that you are owed for labor you perform for an employer, and this covers not only physical tasks and labor, but also all forms of services or work. 

The terms wages encompasses all forms of compensation, which can include:

  • Hourly wages
  • Salary
  • Agreed-upon and earned bonuses
  • Earned commission
  • Pay that changes depending on the work or project
  • Piece-rate pay

No matter how your employer compensates you, the right to receive full wages for your work does not change. 

Wages also include other aspects of a compensation package, such as:

  • Sick pay
  • Vacation pay
  • Room and board
  • Spending money
  • Clothing provided

For example, if you accrued vacation time under your employer’s policy and you did not use this time, your employer will have to pay wages for that time on your final paycheck. Hourly pay and salary are not the only matters that can be at issue in a claim for unpaid wages in California. 

Know Your Wage Rights

Everyone in California has the right to receive wages they rightfully earned, regardless of their immigration status or other factors. There are two ways you can be provided the right to wages, which include:

  • Under the California Labor Code – California law provides some of the strictest protections to employees of any state in the U.S. The Labor Code has many clear provisions providing employees with the right to receive all forms of wages they earn, and wage claims can be brought under the Labor Code. 
  • By contract – When an employer offers a certain wage, and the employee accepts the offer, they enter into a contract. In addition, some employers and employees sign written employment contracts that dictate all wages and benefits to be paid. Employees might bring wage claims as part of a breach of contract claim. 

There is another situation involving independent contractors. These contractors should receive payment for the work they complete according to the contract between the contractor and company. However, these do not constitute wages under California law. Some employers might misclassify workers as independent contractors, which might help them avoid an unpaid wage claim. An experienced attorney can identify whether or not you’ve been misclassified. 

Speak with Our California Unpaid Wages Lawyers

It is critical that you know the extent of the wages you deserve to be paid for your work, as well as pay attention and notice when you might have been deprived of rightful wages. It can help to have a California unpaid wages lawyer evaluate your situation and your rights. 

At the Mara Law Firm, we represent clients and help them seek unpaid wages, whether it is due to hour miscalculation, denial of overtime rates, or other factors. Call (619) 234-2833 or contact us online for a free case evaluation to learn about your rights and how we can help.

Share here...
  • I remember screaming at a dear friend of mine saying, “WHY WON’T THE INSURANCE COVER MY TREATMENT!” He said, “…because they know if they do it will increase your settlement.” I said, “WHAT SETTLEMENT! I JUST WANT TO GET TREATMENT! I DIDN’T ASK FOR A SETTLEMENT!” Somewhere I found out that for some insurance companies they are more concerned with protecting their money. This means you are thinking about treatment and getting better while they are thinking about money. Get someone that is on your side that will fight for you. They fought for me…and won.

    Mara Law Firm ClientSan Francisco

  • He represented myself and many old CO-workers. They were very professional & I’d recommend them to anyone. Great Lawyers for the forgotten working man.

    ScottSan Francisco

  • I would definitely recommend David and really appreciated all the hard work he contributed. David really went the extra mile to help his customers. We were very happy and satisfied with his services. Thank you David!

    Mara Law Firm ClientSan Francisco

  • Mr. Mara was a pleasure to work with. He kept me in the loop. Can’t say enough how good it feels to have someone fighting for you, giving you a voice.

    AlbertSan Francisco

  • I was blown away by the results my case got. It far exceeded my expectations. Not only do you get someone who is a great professional; but he will fight for what you deserve. I was uncertain in the beginning; now I’m a believer. Mr. Mara is also personable. Lisa his paralegal was tremendous throughout the whole process. She would keep me updated on the whole process. Don’t cheat yourself by using anyone else; you will be taken care of the right way if you choose Dave

    Jerome HarrisSan Francisco

  • Mr. Mara and his firm helped me file a claim for death benefits on behalf of my late husband. I was very pleased with his knowledge, research, and representation regarding my DBA claim for death benefits. I would absolutely recommend him and its associates to my friends, family, and others needing an attorney who specializes in employment, personal injury, and death benefits. Mr. Mara was very compassionate, timely, and responsive to my family’s needs. I can’t thank him enough.

    Sally A ChandSan Francisco

  • Dave Mara  did an outstanding job on my DBA case. Dave I personally want to thank you for guiding me in the right direction and having a successful case outcome. God bless you for all the effort you put into my DBA case. Words can’t describe how thankful I am. Thank you for helping injured over seas contractors.

    Jim Joned San Francisco

  • Mr. Mara and his staff were very professional and I would highly recommend Mr. Mara. Mr. Mara had my best interests in settling my case and I am very appreciative of all he and his staff did for me. If I ever needed help or had simple questions, Mr. Mara and his staff were always available to take my calls and help me. Highly recommend this firm!

    DebSan Francisco

  • Dave Mara  comes with a very high recommendation. He took a workmans compensation case for me and really handled it well. It was an unclear case, and a new issue that the WC most likely had never seen. He kept me up to date with the long confusing process and was very understanding and sympathetic to my plight( I was the victim of a violent crime). Dave has no big lawyer shenanigans and dramatic posing, he is a down to earth, fair , honest hard working lawyer who really does not seem like an an attorney at all. I recommend anyone in the SD area to consult with Dave it was a painless process.

    Linda DSan Francisco

View All Testimonials

Request your confidential & free case consultation

If you are in need of employment litigation attorney in California or have been injured overseas while under a military contract and are in need of a defense base act attorney. Please fill out the form below and contact us immediately for a FREE consultation.

    all fields are required*