Wage & Hour Lawyer | Los Angeles & California

California Wage & Hour Attorney: Helping employees recover unpaid wages.

Has your employer failed to pay you minimum wage, refused to pay you overtime, or refused to provide you with meal and rest breaks? If your employer has subjected you to illegal treatment, we may be able to help. The Byrne Law Group can assist in the recovery of unpaid wagesunpaid overtimeunpaid lunch breaks/meal breaks and unpaid rest breaks. Contact our offices today on (800) 805-4002 to schedule a free initial consultation.

California Wage & Hour Attorney

Despite the existence of numerous employment laws protecting California’s employees, unscrupulous employers continue to violate wage and hour laws. Wage and hour violations are particularly prevalent amongst California’s most vulnerable low-income workers, including:

  • Security personnel;
  • Domestic staff;
  • Warehouse workers;
  • Garment factory workers;
  • Car wash workers;
  • Restaurant workers (waitresses and kitchen staff); and
  • Construction site day laborers.

What are the most common wage and hour disputes in California?

Common wage and hour problems experienced by California employees include:

  • Employers failing to pay employees wages for work that has been carried out;
  • Employers fixing time sheets in order to evade minimum wage or overtime laws;
  • Employers refusing to provide employees with rest or meal breaks;
  • Employers interrupting meal breaks by assigning employee’s work duties during these breaks;
  • Employers failing to reimburse employees for business related expenses;
  • Employers refusing to pay employees overtime by incorrectly asserting an overtime exemption; and
  • Employers misclassifying California employees as independent contractors.

If you have experienced one or more of the above problems, we invite you to contact us on (800) 805-4002. The Byrne Law Group can handle claims before the California Labor Commissioners Office, or litigate cases through California state or federal court. Contact us today on (800) 805-4002 to schedule a free initial consultation.

What law governs wage and hour disputes in California?

Compensation of employees in California is governed by numerous laws, which involve overlapping statutes, regulations, interpretations and precedent. When deciding which law governs disputes between employers and employees in California, the courts will apply whatever laws afford California employees the greatest degree of protection.

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), in addition to other regulations, creates the minimum standards concerning wages, hours, and other employment regulations throughout the US. However, many of California’s employment laws such as the California Labor Code, provide considerably more protection than their federal counterparts. In such instances, employees in California are able to rely on the additional protection of California’s state laws. These laws govern a variety of wage and hour issues, including; minimum wages, overtime pay, meal breaks, rest breaks, and more.

How long do I have to bring my claim?

Claims for breaches of employment laws can only be made within specified periods of time. These periods of time are referred to as limitation periods created by Statutes of Limitations. California law applies different limitation periods depending upon the types of claims being brought.

For example, under California’s employment laws, written employment contracts have a limitation period of four years, whereas oral employment contracts have a limitation period of two years. However, if the claim is based upon a wage and hour cause of action created by statute, then a three-year limitation period applies.

As can be seen from the above, a careful analysis of the facts of your case and any applicable statute of limitations must be carried out as soon as possible in order to ensure that all claims are asserted within the applicable time limitations. For these reasons, it is highly advisable to consult with a California Employment Lawyer as soon as possible.


California Minimum Wage Laws –
Wage & Hour Attorney | Los Angeles & California

In California, effective July 1, 2014, the minimum wage is $9.00 per hour. Effective January 1, 2016, the minimum wage in California will be $10.00 per hour. There are some employees who are exempt from the minimum wage law, such as outside salespersons, individuals who are the parent, spouse, or child of the employer, and apprentices.

Unpaid overtime

California Overtime Laws –
Unpaid Overtime Attorney | Los Angeles & California

In California, the law provides that “non-exempt” employees must be paid time and a half (1.5 times their hourly rate) for all hours worked over eight hours in any workday and over 40 hours in a workweek. After 12 hours per day the employees must be paid double time (2 times their hourly rate) for all hours worked over 12 hours per day.

Take a break

California Rest Break Laws –
Wage & Hour Attorney | Los Angeles & California

In California, workers are entitled to a 10 minute paid rest break for every four hours of work. If your employer failed to provide you with lawful rest breaks, you may be entitled to claim an hour’s wages for each day of work in which you did not receive a lawful rest break.


California Meal/Lunch Break Laws –
Wage & Hour Attorney | Los Angeles & California

In California, workers are entitled to a 30 minute unpaid meal period for every 5 hours of work. Moreover, employers must provide a meal break that is free from interruption. If your employer did not provide you with a lawful 30-minute lunch break, you may be entitled to one hour of wages for each day that you were not provided a lawful meal break, pursuant to section 226.7 of the Labor Code.



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