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Wage & Hour Violations

Wage and hour rights focus on the right to be treated fairly with respect to your pay and working conditions. The law generally tries to ensure that employees are treated fairly at work. To make sure this happens, the law imposes rules on employers. These standards check how employers calculate and pay wages to their employees, and whether they give their employees breaks or sick days.

Our company has extensive experience in fighting for these rights, either through private and confidential negotiations, or through litigation and trial. We have successfully fought technology companies and government entities, both large and small. And while we never back down from a fight, we also regularly help our clients achieve their goals through less vocal means with increased collaboration where appropriate.

The most common ways we see employers treating their employees unfairly include:

  • Allow or require employees to work outside of their hours and pay.
  • Inappropriate rounding of employee entry and exit times.
  • Failing to calculate overtime correctly.
  • The payment of fixed wages to employees who by law must be paid for hours worked beyond 8 hours a day and more than 40 hours a week.
  • Misclassification of employees as independent contractors.
  • Not providing employees with rest breaks and lunches.
  • Fines for missed hours of rest and lunches.
  • The improper withholding of wages or tips.
  • Failing to reimburse employees for work-related expenses, such as gas, cell phone use, office equipment, or transportation fees.
  • Paying wages late, or with bad checks.
  • Failing to provide employees with accurate pay stubs.
  • Violation of the terms of the employment contract.


You will often hear that employment in California is at-will, meaning an employer may chose to fire for good reason, bad reason or no reason at all. However, employers in California may not fire you for an illegal reason. That includes discrimination, retaliation, or other motives that violate public policy of this state.

If you have been fired, please call is to discuss and see how we may help. Also, if you have been presented with a severance agreement, we are here to assist in negotiating the terms of severance. Our experience litigating employment cases through trial and negotiating strong resolution of our client’s claims has proven to be valuable in severance negotiations. Please call us to see if we can assist.

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