Most people in Los Angeles work hard to earn their money. They depend on their jobs to make the necessary income to support themselves and their families. Many need to work extra hours to live a good quality of life. Employers in Southern California are required to pay all non-exempt employees for all of the hours they work. Employers are also required to provide overtime pay for any hours that have exceeded 40 hours in a week or 8 hours in a day. Unfortunately, far too many companies violate these principles by providing insufficient overtime pay or none at all.
My name is Matthew A. Kaufman and I am a Los Angeles unpaid overtime attorney. Countless people throughout Southern California must work extra hours to earn money for a comfortable living. Employers are required by law to pay each non-exempt employee their proper wage along with eligible overtime. However, some companies, corporations, and private businesses take advantage of their employees by either underpaying or denying workers their rightful overtime pay. In some instances, employees do not properly understand their rights. Some employers will even ask their employees to work extra hours without any additional compensation. Many others have forced employees to work off the clock without receiving any overtime pay.
Many unethical employers will go to great lengths to save money. They will try to trick their workers into thinking their status as an employee will affect their overtime pay. But the fact is California employees are entitled to overtime regardless of the title of their job or their salary. In some cases, it may not matter if the worker is an employee or an independent contractor. In the State of California, overtime is paid at either, time and a half or double time. As a Los Angeles unpaid overtime attorney, I will take the time to thoroughly review your work hours, job duties and properly evaluate whether you are entitled to overtime pay.
When it comes to employment law, no two cases are the same. Unpaid overtime cases are among the most complex. It is vital to choose a Los Angeles unpaid overtime attorney with a track record of protecting the rights of each client. Here are some of the most common unpaid overtimes cases.
It is true that some employees in California are not eligible to receive overtime pay. Examples include (but are not necessarily limited to) the following:
This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means. The experts at our Los Angeles unpaid overtime law firm can discuss this topic with you in greater detail if you have any questions.
The nuances of these laws may be complex due to the fact that there are some cases in which special rules which may differ from general overtime pay laws might apply. For instance, according to the State of California Department of Industrial Relations, some airline employees may be exempt from overtime provisions if they “work over 40 but not more than 60 hours during the workweek due to a temporary modification in their normal work schedule not required by the employer and arranged at the request of the employee.”
Be aware that it can also be challenging to determine whether the nature of a worker’s duties are such that they are or are not exempt from overtime laws at times. It’s simply not always immediately clear whether a worker’s duties qualify as “executive” in nature, for example.
Employers who wish to minimize their financial losses by withholding overtime pay from employees who’ve earned it sometimes take advantage of these nuances. While you may be of the belief that your work duties don’t render you exempt from overtime provisions, your employer may attempt to convince you otherwise.
Other ways in which employers can try to get away with not offering overtime pay to employees who deserve it include:
You don’t need to simply accept the circumstances if an employer tries to misclassify you or otherwise tries to get away with not paying you what you deserve. If you believe an employer isn’t paying what you’re owed, review your case with a Los Angeles unpaid overtime attorney for more information about your options.
Every employee deserves to get paid the proper wages they have earned. When a person works extra hours, there is no excuse for an employer to avoid providing the proper overtime pay. Unfortunately, it happens much too often in Southern California. If you or someone you know has not received proper compensation from their employer, it is time to seek representation from a legal professional that will fight for your rights. Los Angeles unpaid overtime attorney Matthew A. Kaufman has helped many hard-working men and women recover the compensation they have rightfully earned. He and his legal team at The Kaufman Law Firm utilize an aggressive and comprehensive approach to help place each client in the best position to succeed. To learn more, contact our Los Angeles employment law office today and schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case.
Your job is more than just a source of income. It is a major part of your lifestyle. If you have been the victim of wrongful termination, wrongful demotion or any kind of discriminatory business practices, it is time to take action and contact a Ventura employment law attorney that can help. Attorney Matthew A. Kaufman and the team at The Kaufman Law Firm bring experience and a vast arsenal of legal resources to help clients recover the money they deserve.
To learn more, contact our Westlake Village or Los Angeles law office today and schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case.