Employers in California must follow many rules and regulations depending on the type of business they run. There are environmental laws, securities laws, laws against discrimination and harassment, labor laws and many other laws.
However, almost every business must follow wage and hour laws. These rules require employers to pay their employees at least minimum wage and to pay their non-exempt employees overtime if they work over a certain number of hours.
These protections are in place to ensure that employees are paid an adequate amount for the time they work and that they are compensated when they are required to work long hours. However, there are many employers who may try to violate these laws in order to save the company money. Employees who are victims of these violations have rights and should consider defending those rights.
Employees who make complaints are also protected from any retaliation from their employer as well. This retaliation can come in many forms, such as demotions, unfavorable transfers, termination and other types of retaliation.
If the employer does one of those things, they may be required to compensate the employee for the damages they suffer as a result of the retaliation. This can include back pay for the overtime they were not properly paid or compensation for being paid below minimum wage.
Most California workers are paid the extra wages they are entitled to. For those who are not, they can make wage and hour claims in order to try and recover the wages they are owed. Not only are these employees entitled to compensation, but they are also protected from retaliation from their employer. If the employer does retaliate, then the employee could receive additional compensation from the employer. Experienced attorneys understand these laws and may be able to protect employees' rights.