Wage and Hour Claims

California workers increasingly find their rights—including their rights to adequate pay, overtime, and breaks—under threat. An ever-increasing number of people and families experience economic and financial insecurity because of unethical employers who refuse to obey the law by not paying employees what they are rightfully owed. Unpaid wages, unpaid overtime and other wage and hour violations harm employees and their families and put them in financial jeopardy.

At Cutter Law, we believe all employees are entitled to know and understand their rights. Every employee should have the opportunity to fight back if they believe their rights have been violated or compromised. We’re proud to have helped many employees hold their employers accountable for violating the law and have helped victimized employees recover (insert dollar figure here) that was owed to them.

Contact us for a no-obligation consultation, to find out why so many employees trust us to fight to help them recover unpaid wages and other compensation owed to them.

Wage and Hour Violations

Wage and hour violations refer to situations in which employers do not pay employees the wages they must legally pay, do not offer appropriate meal and rest breaks, or in some way violate the rules governing the hours employees work, the money they are owed or proper reporting of either.

Unpaid overtime: Federal overtime law requires that certain employees receive overtime pay for any hours worked exceeding 40 hours in a single workweek. California law requires overtime pay if a nonexempt employee works more than eight hours in a single day or 40 hours in a workweek. Social workers are considered “non-exempt” in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and Alaska.

Misclassification of employees: Employers might purposely misclassify employees to make it seem as though they are exempt from certain rights or accidentally misclassify employees based. Either way, employees who are misclassified often do not receive the pay or benefits they are entitled to. Misclassification can involve classifying employees as contractors or classifying hourly employees as administrators.

Unpaid wages: Any wages owed to employees that are not fully paid.

Failure to permit breaks: Under the California Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order, 10 minutes of paid rest time is required for every four hours worked.

Itemized wage statement violations: Employers are required to provide employees with an itemized statement of hours worked as well as their gross and net pay.

Failure to provide meal breaks: A 30-minute unpaid meal period must be taken within five hours from the start of a work shift.

Failure to pay for time worked: Employers are required to pay full wages for all time worked. This includes “off-the-clock” work that may not be included in the time records.

Failure to promptly pay employees: Employees must be paid for their hours worked and that pay must be given within a certain window.

Minimum wage violations: Employees who are not exempt from minimum wage laws must be paid a minimum amount for their hours worked.

Wage and Hour Attorneys

We are proud to have defended the rights of employees who have been subject to illegal treatment at the hands of their employer. When employees are treated unfairly, their financial stability is put at risk, often to save money for the employer. It is a difficult decision to file a wage and hour claim against an employer, which is why our attorneys will explain all your rights to you and assess your claim. We’ll help you through this difficult time and fight tirelessly to ensure your rights are upheld.

Cutter Law’s highly skilled labor law lawyers are here to provide you with a free, no-obligation case review to evaluate the circumstances surrounding your claim. Give us a call toll free at 916-526-3762 or request a free case evaluation online.


Wage and Hour Claims




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