Los Angeles Wage and Hour Lawyer
Denying employees their owed overtime, unpaid commissions, and more is illegal in Los Angeles. If you think you are a victim, you may need a Wage & Hour Lawyer. With over $50,000,000 in settlements won for our clients, we’ve got your back.
Wage and overtime are perhaps two of the most important employment law topics from the perspective of a worker. Workers want to know that they are properly compensated for the time spent working. They may also be concerned about how to file a complaint in the event their wage and overtime rights are violated.
When laws are properly observed, wage and overtime issues are seldom a problem, but when the laws are violated, these issues loom large for workers forced to forfeit adequate pay for the time and energy expended at work.
At the Law Offices of Jake D. Finkel, we handle a ton of different wage & hour cases. Some examples include:
- Your employer failing to pay the minimum wage
- Your employer failing to pay overtime
- Receiving the correct overtime pay
- Wage & overtime complaints
- Requiring “off the clock work’’
- Your employer failing to provide required rest or meal breaks
- Misclassifying of employees as exempt from wage/hour requirements
- Misclassifying employees as independent contractors read our “ABC Test Blog”
If you suspect your employer is violating or has violated your wage and hour laws, we can help you!
What does our process look like? Who will be held accountable for your Wage and Hour case in Los Angeles California?
After your free consultation and case evaluation we begin working on the discovery phase of your case. We leave no stone unturned while we collect and gather all the information and facts behind your case. Throughout each phase we remain in close contact with you, holding your hand through each step of the way.
Through our discovery and learning phase we will find exactly who needs to be held accountable and ultimately held responsible for settling your case, more often than not your case may include more liable parties than you originally thought.
Call (213) 787-7411 now for a free consultation and strategy session
We understand how important your paycheck is and take every wage and hour case very seriously.
Here is what you can expect from our free employment consultation and strategy session:
- We work with you to understand your employment issue and the current situation. This is important for us because your employer may have broken more laws than you are aware of.
- We provide you with details on your case, if you have one, and what your next steps are…
- We work with you to collect and garner evidence for your case and advise you on what to do.
- And more!
Jake D. Finkel is a highly respected Wage & Hour lawyer in Los Angeles with a reputation for going above and beyond for his clients until they get the compensation they deserve. He will help you stand up to your employer and hold your hand along the way.
Jake believes a sincere and caring approach to your wage & hour dispute goes a long way in bringing you more than just the settlement you deserve but the support you need along every step of the way.
Call (213) 787-7411 to schedule your free consultation and strategy session. We represent clients in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and all other parts of Southern California.
Here’s what you need to know about wage & overtime laws in Los Angeles.
Where Does Wage and Overtime Law Originate?
Wage and overtime laws originate in the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The country’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) handles the enforcement of the FLSA and oversees proper handling of a number of other measures as well including child labor and unemployment insurance. The Wage and Hour Division is a smaller part of the Department of Labor which ensures adherence of all federal labor laws.
Receiving Adequate Wages
The FLSA sets basic federal minimum wage standards. Current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. However, some states and municipalities are currently considering increases. For instance, Seattle recently increased its minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Although the FLSA sets the federal minimum wage, it does not cover other wage issues such as severance pay. It merely ensures that every employer must abide by a general rule for the least amount of wages a worker must receive. For workers who make more than $30 per month in tips, the minimum wages is $2.13. If the minimum wage standard is not properly observed, an employer could be liable for back pay of up to 2-3 years, depending on the circumstances of the case.
Receiving Proper Overtime Pay
The general rule for overtime is that overtime pay must not be less than one and a half times regular pay. Generally, overtime pay kicks in for any amount of time spent working beyond the regular 40-hour work week. However, it is important to note that not all workers are eligible for overtime pay. For instance, salaried workers are generally not eligible. Additionally, certain businesses and industries are exempt from the overtime pay rules outlined in the FLSA.
Wage and Overtime Complaints
Wage and overtime issues arise when an employer fails or refuses to compensate a wage worker for time spent working. In these cases, there are two ways an employee can address the issue: 1) file a complaint 2) file a lawsuit.
Wage and overtime complaints are filed with the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. Over 200 WHD offices around the country offer free and confidential assistance for filing wage and overtime complaints. The complaint forms often must be accompanied by additional documentation such as pay stubs and personal records of hours worked. The complaint may initiate an investigation and conclude with a determination by the Division based on the information presented and gathered.
In addition to filing a complaint, an employee may also file suit against an employer in a court of law. The purpose of a suit of this nature is to recover back pay or lost wages due to the employer’s violation of wage and overtime laws. When violations are found, employees are eligible to receive compensation for up to 2 years of back pay or 3 years if the violation was willful.
Don’t Let Wage and Overtime Issues Go Unaddressed
Don’t let wage and overtime issues go unaddressed. If you think your rights have been violated, contact the Law Offices of Jake D. Finkel today. Our team of expert employment law specialists are ready to assist you with the expert legal assistance you need to bring your dispute to a successful close.