Overtime / Unpaid Wages

Under California law, hourly and non-exempt employees must be compensated  “”overtime”” pay of one and one half (1.5) times the regular hourly rate for all hours worked in excess of eight (8) in a day and for all hours worked in excess of  forty (40) in a workweek.  Additionally, hourly and non-exempt employees must be compensated at a rate of twice (2) their regular hourly rate for all hours worked in excess of twelve (12) in one day.

California law is very strict on whom can be paid a salary and therefore be exempt from overtime wages.  Indeed, many employers intentionally misclassify employees as salaried employees to avoid paying them overtime wages.  In recent times, employers have paid millions of dollars to settle class action lawsuits whereby the employer had improperly classified many of its employees.  If you believe you have been misclassified as a salary employee and are owed overtime wages, or if you are an hourly employee who has not been paid all the overtime wages owed to you, Diefer Law Group, PC can help.

For more information and a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys call us at 949-261-9131.


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