Walnut Creek Wage & Hour Lawyer
Wage and hour complaints are one of the most common types of employment claims filed by employees. State and federal laws dictate wage and hour laws that employers are mandated to abide by, yet all too often they violate the basic tenets of wage and hour requirements for their workers. Employees dealing with wage and hour violations may be entitled to compensation under state and federal law, and the Walnut Creek wage & hour lawyers at Venardi Zurada, LLP are here to help. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a consultation of your wage and hour claims.
Wage and Hour Laws
Wage and hour laws apply to all non-exempt employees of an employer and provide certain rights regarding minimum wage, overtime pay, and meal and rest breaks. In California, the minimum wage is $13.00 or $14.00 per hour depending on the size of the employer, and in some municipalities the rates are even higher. Employees are also entitled under wage and hour laws to overtime and double time pay after working a certain number of hours in a single workday or workweek. Rest and meal break rights entitle an employee to a certain number of rest and meal breaks per day and mandate compensation for those employees if they are required to work during that time.
Common Wage and Hour Claims
Wage and hour claims can take many forms depending on the type of violation being alleged against the employer. Some of the most common types of wage and hour claims seen in California include the following:
- Failure to pay state or federal minimum wage,
- Failure to pay overtime,
- Failure to pay double time,
- Mandating that employees work “off the clock,”
- Failing to provide mandatory meal and rest breaks,
- Failing to pay meal and rest break premiums,
- Misclassifying employees as independent contractors, and
- Misclassifying employees as exempt from wage and hour laws.
If this has happened to you at work, you may qualify for compensation for your wage and hour claims.
Compensation for Wage and Hour Cases
Compensation for wage and hour violations in California is determined by the specific type of claim made. For minimum wage and failure to pay overtime or double time cases, compensation can include back pay and interest, any unpaid balances, and attorneys’ fees for the case. For wage and hour cases involving rest and meal break violations, compensation can include payment at the rate of one hour of regular pay for each meal or rest break violation in addition to any back pay, interest, and attorneys’ fees.
Talk to Venardi Zurada, LLP Today
Do you think that your employer is violating your rights under wage and hour laws? If so, you may be entitled to compensation under state or federal law. To learn more about whether you have a claim for wage and hour violations, talk to Venardi Zurada, LLP today. Our preeminent Walnut Creek wage and hour lawyers can provide an evaluation of your case and talk through your legal options.