California Wage & Hour Law
Los Angeles Wage and Employment Law Attorney
We know that you work hard, which is why we at Martinian & Associates
INC. believe that you should be fairly compensated. Employees are protected
under state and federal labor codes so that they are treated fairly and
compensated fairly by their employers. If your overtime and wage rights
are being violated, then you may be entitled to file a claim to recover
those back wages with the assistance of a
Los Angeles employment law attorney at Martinian & Associates INC.
California employees are entitled to overtime compensation for every hour
worked over the 8-hour workday OR the 40-hour workweek, depending on how
your shifts are scheduled. Overtime compensation is also referred to as
time-and-a-half, which means that for every hour worked overtime, you
should be compensated with your regular rate of pay PLUS half of that.
Some individuals are considered exempt from overtime. Some of those exemptions include:
- Executive, administrative and professional employees
- Computer software employees
- State or federal employees
- Outside/contracted sales employees
- Student nurses
- Taxi drivers
full list of overtime exemptions
The California legislature with approval from Governor Gerry Brown recently
passed legislation to raise the minimum wage to $8.00 per hour with plans
to increase to $10 per hour by 2016. This is much higher than the current
federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, but the legislature made the move
to increase it due to the fact that the cost of living in California is
much higher than in other states. Most people employed in the state of
California have a right to be compensated at least the minimum wage with
few exceptions. If you are not being compensated at least the minimum
wage, you may be entitled to file a wage claim with the Division of Labor
Standards with the help of our firm.
One of the most common reasons why employees do not receive the compensation
they are entitled to by California wage & hour law is because their
employer misclassifies them, either intentionally or negligently. This
can happen when an employer claims their employee works in a capacity
that qualifies them as "exempt" from overtime or minimum wage.
Many employees are classified as independent contractors, for example,
rather than as actual employees deserving of the same wage and hour benefits
as other employees performing similar job duties.
Find an Employment Lawyer Near You
If you believe that you have a wage or hour claim that has to do with unpaid
overtime, lack of minimum wage compensation or some other issue with wages,
then contact a Los Angeles
employment attorney at Martinian & Associates INC. as soon as possible. We can
evaluate your case and determine if you have a claim.