The current economy has many people seeking more stable careers and permanent housing for financial security.
The last thing employees in the workforce want is for their employer to be consistently late on payroll payments.
Our attorneys understand how to win a wage claim in California to recover the compensation you deserve.
If you have not received payment from your employer, you will want an experienced attorney to fight for your civil rights.
California has laws in place to protect workers like you from receiving late payments from employers.
California Labor Board
Before you file a claim for unpaid wages, determine whether this is an issue that can be solved internally.
Your employer simply may not know there may have been an issue with your payroll.
However, if your employer has consistently neglected to pay wages from your paycheck on time, your first step to recovery will be through the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, otherwise known as the California Labor Board.
The Labor Board seeks to promote economic justice to ensure that employees receive a just day’s pay.
You need to be sure that you are contacting the correct division to make your complaint. Each division within the California Labor Board has its own specific function.
Keeping an accurate and detailed record of the hours you have worked makes it simple to file a complaint.
Remember to keep track of your pay stubs and any hours that you have actually worked.
Wage Claim Statute of Limitations
If you intend to file a wage claim, do not delay.
California law establishes a three-year statute of limitations to file a wage claim for unpaid, underpaid, and late wages. The time limit begins to run from the date that the most recent violation occurred.
If you believe that your wage claim statute of limitations has run out, contact our wage claim lawyers.
We may be able to assist under California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL).
California’s UCL allows for this time period to be lengthened to four years if the claim arose out of an “unlawful, unfair, or fraudulent practice” of a business.
Late Paycheck Penalty
Luckily, proving that you received a late payment from your employer is much easier nowadays if your employer uses a system that can be easily tracked like direct deposit.
If you did receive late payments, your employer could receive a late paycheck penalty.
Most Californians are unaware that their employers can receive a late paycheck penalty for the untimely payment of wages.
Under California law, an employer can be subject to a $100 late fee for its first late payment to an employee. That penalty is double the amount for each violation afterward.
Farzam Law Firm Fights for You
If you are an employee that has been underpaid, unpaid, or paid late consistently, we can answer any questions you have about how to file a wage claim.
Joseph Farzam is an experienced trial attorney with 20 years of experience with clients in the Los Angeles community.
He will passionately advocate for you as he has done with many others for years.