The term wage lawyer, wage and hour lawyer, wage compensation lawyer, and upaid wage lawyer have many meanings. All employment law cases, including those for job terminations, have a lost wage and benefit component. In addition to recovering lost wages in cases of wrongful termination or a discriminatory job termination, our California wage lawyers also obtain monetary settlements and verdicts for employees who have experienced California Labor Code violations. These California Labor Code Violations may be for legally required minimum wage, meal breaks, overtime, prevailing wage, or rest breaks.
This article explains what types of unpaid wages our California Labor Lawyers can obtain for employees. Because unpaid wage law is broken up between wages simply not paid and wages due to illegal job terminations this article is divided into those two categories.
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Both the California Labor Code and the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provide employee rights to certain wages, penalties, interest, and often the requirement the employer pay the employee’s attorney fees and costs associated with an action for unpaid wages. In the California Labor Code and the FLSA there are important distinctions about exempt and non-exempt employees.
The regulation of the hours worked, overtime pay, and meal breaks applies to non-exempt employees. Exempt employees do not have the same rights under the FLSA and California Labor Code. Determinations about who is exempt and non-exempt are complex. Merely because an employee has a supervisory title they are not necessarily exempt. Nor are all white collar positions. You will have to consult with one of our wage and hour lawyers to determine if we think you fall into the exempt versus nonexempt category. There are far too many examples and exceptions for this article to cover them.
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Our California job termination lawyers have recovered more than $100,000,000 in wages for employees who were unjustly fired. These wages include past lost wages, future lost wages, benefit loss such as health insurance, 401k, and more. Although lost wages are a big part of wrongful termination and job losses due to discrimination, in those lawsuits employees can also recover damages for emotional distress and possibly punitive damages.
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The Employment Lawyers Group represents employees throughout California. We have six offices in Southern California, an office in Bakersfield, Oxnard, and three offices in Northern California. All of our employee lawsuits are taken on a contingency which means you only pay legal fees out of money we are able to obtain from your employer. All of our law firm attorneys are long term employees only handling employment law.