Minimum Wage & Overtime
Your Minimum Wage & Overtime Rights
The price of living in California is well above the United States average—according to USA Today, housing alone costs 76.7% more in California than in the rest of the country.
To address this concern, California has enacted numerous minimum wage laws to help struggling families afford the rising costs of living in the Golden State. The most notable of these is California Senate Bill 3 (2016), which laid out a plan for increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour statewide by 2023.
Furthermore, the federal government as well as California law limit the number of hours you can work in a week before you are owed overtime pay. For example, in California, if you work more than eight hours in a workday or more than forty hours in a workweek, you are entitled to overtime compensation.
Individual counties and cities in California have enacted their own wage ordinances to help families pay for necessities such as food, clothing, utilities, and housing, which may be more expensive in certain areas.
Some employers in California violate the minimum wage and overtime laws by doing the following:
- Requiring employees to work off the clock.
- Paying employees “under the table” in cash.
- Miscalculating the overtime rate of pay.
- Promising to give time off in lieu of paying.
- Outright refusing to pay the correct minimum or overtime wage.
As an employee in California, you have a right to fair wages. If your employer has been paying you less than the applicable minimum wage or less than the applicable overtime wages, then you may be able to take legal action against them and recover the wages you are rightfully owed.
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