Wage Claims, Overtime, and Wage and Hour Laws

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If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

How to get back what your employer owes you.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

Locate the office by looking at the list of offices or using the alphabetical listing of cities, locations, and communities. Staff are available in person and by telephone.

The general rule in California is that employees are considered to employed "at will," meaning that they may be fired at any time by their employers, for any reason or for no reason at all. However, there are important exceptions to the "at will" rule.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

Breaks, overtime, tips, paydays, and more.

A union owes a duty of fair representation to all of the workers it represents. This duty requires that the union act fairly, impartially, and without ill will or discrimination when pursuing a worker"s grievance or when negotiating a new contract with the employer.

Effective January 1, 217, the minimum wage for all industries will be increased yearly.

There are new requirements for employees to have paid sick leave.

California Labor Commissioner's office (also known as DLSE) can help recover unpaid wages.

Equality in pay and compensation is protected under the law.

This booklet focuses on the California Labor Code sections.

You have rights protected by state laws.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

Can an employer take away a raise or reduce your wage without consent?

What your employer can and can't take away.

The categories and situations when overtime doesn't apply.

With a few exceptions, undocumented workers enjoy all of the legal rights and remedies provided by both Federal and California law.

Search to see if your old employer lost a case against the government and now owes you money.

ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.

You should get paid what you're owed after you're terminated.

Can my employer lay me off without any warning?

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

The rules about working only 4 days but 1 hours per day.

Your rights to comp time, or "compensated time off work".

Domestic service workers in private homes are covered by the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

DLSE's policies and interpretations for administering and enforcing.

What are your rights as a worker? What Is the Underground Economy? Report a bad employer.

About minimum wage, which has changed several times in the last few years.

How to figure out the pay you're owed and claim it.

Call the office near you for help.

Your rights when you work with tips.

Your rights to vacation time and sick days.