David D Bibiyan - Los Angeles Employment Lawyer

Wage discrimination, unpaid overtime, minimum wage violations, and other unfair labor practices can have a devastating impact on individuals and their families. The California unpaid wages attorneys at Tomorrow Law™ dedicate our practice to serving the interests of hardworking individuals subjected to unjust treatment in the workplace, with a particular focus on cases involving unpaid wages.

With a steadfast commitment to justice, our practice specializes in helping workers seek legal assistance to recover unpaid wages rightfully owed by their employers.

Mr. David Bibiyan, a distinguished California unpaid wages attorney, has significantly impacted the fight for workers’ rights across the state. With unwavering dedication, Mr. Bibiyan has taken legal action against hundreds of employers in California on behalf of employees who have suffered wage theft, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and other forms of wrongful conduct by their employers.

Under his leadership, Tomorrow Law™ has consistently delivered justice to employees, recovering tens of millions of dollars in settlements each year. Contact Tomorrow Law™ to speak with a California unpaid wage attorney on our team to discuss the wage protection laws that are available to you.

Wage Protection Laws in California 

California has some of the most comprehensive wage protection laws in the United States. These laws cover various aspects of wage protection, including:

  • Minimum wage. California’s minimum wage law ensures payment to employees at a fair rate for their work. As of January 1, 2024, the state’s minimum wage is $14.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees and $15.00 per hour for larger employers.
  • Overtime. California mandates overtime pay for employees who work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week. Overtime pay is usually 1.5 times the regular hourly wage and double on the seventh consecutive day of work.
  • Meal and rest breaks. Workers in California are entitled to meal and rest breaks. For every 5 hours worked, employees should receive a 30-minute meal break, and for every 4 hours worked, they should get a 10-minute rest break.
  • Timely payment. Employers in California are required to pay employees their wages promptly and regularly. Wages must be paid at least twice per month and within specified timeframes.
  • Retaliation protection. The state also protects against employer retaliation for employees who assert their wage rights.

Employees who believe employers violated their wage rights can file complaints with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), ensuring they are protected and compensated fairly for their work regardless of the type of employee they may be.

Wage Protection Laws in California

California has some of the most comprehensive wage protection laws in the United States. These laws cover various aspects of wage protection, including:

  • Minimum wage. California’s minimum wage law ensures payment to employees at a fair rate for their work. As of January 1, 2024, the state’s minimum wage is $14.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees and $15.00 per hour for larger employers.
  • Overtime. California mandates overtime pay for employees who work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week. Overtime pay is usually 1.5 times the regular hourly wage and double on the seventh consecutive day of work.
  • Meal and rest breaks. Workers in California are entitled to meal and rest breaks. For every 5 hours worked, employees should receive a 30-minute meal break, and for every 4 hours worked, they should get a 10-minute rest break.
  • Timely payment. Employers in California are required to pay employees their wages promptly and regularly. Wages must be paid at least twice per month and within specified timeframes.
  • Retaliation protection. The state also protects against employer retaliation for employees who assert their wage rights.

Employees who believe employers violated their wage rights can file complaints with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), ensuring they are protected and compensated fairly for their work regardless of the type of employee they may be.

What Types of Employees Do California Wage Laws Protect?

California’s unpaid wages laws protect a wide range of employees, ensuring they receive their rightful compensation for their labor. Employees covered under unpaid wage laws include:

  • Hourly workers,
  • Salaried employees,
  • Independent contractors,
  • Tipped employees,
  • Temporary and seasonal workers, and
  • Undocumented workers.

These protections ensure that all workers, regardless of their employment status, receive fair compensation for their work. It is also essential to ensure you take the necessary steps to protect your interests in a compensation dispute.

What Should I Do If I Have a Compensation Dispute with My Employer?

If you are embroiled in an employment dispute with your California employer, taking the following steps is crucial to protect your rights and seek a fair resolution:

  • Document all information. Keep detailed records of your employment, including pay stubs, emails, contracts, and any incidents related to the dispute. This documentation can be invaluable in building your case.
  • Consult an attorney. Contact a California unpaid wages attorney early in the process. An experienced employment attorney can assess your situation, explain your rights, and guide you through the legal process.
  • File a complaint. Depending on the nature of your dispute, you may need to file a complaint with the appropriate agency, such as the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) for discrimination claims or the California Labor Commissioner’s Office for wage disputes.
  • Engage in mediation or negotiation. You can resolve disputes through mediation or negotiation. Your unpaid wage attorney can represent your interests and find a favorable settlement.
  • Prepare for litigation. If you cannot resolve your claim through negotiation, your attorney can help you initiate a lawsuit. One of the wage claim attorneys at our office can gather evidence, prepare your case, and represent you in court if necessary.
  • Understand retaliation protections. Be aware that California law prohibits employer retaliation for asserting your rights. If you face retaliation, document it and inform your attorney.

Remember that employment disputes in California can be complex, and the specific steps may vary depending on the nature of your case. The complex nature of these claims can also impact what you can recover from a wage dispute.

What Can I Recover from My Employer in an Unpaid Wage Dispute?

In an unpaid wage dispute under California law, you can recover various forms of compensation and damages owed to you by your employer, including:

  • Unpaid wages—includes regular wages, overtime, or minimum wage;
  • Meal and rest break penalties—additional pay for missed required meal and rest breaks;
  • Waiting time penalties—unpaid wages due at the time of termination;
  • Liquidate damages—potentially double the unpaid wages owed;
  • Interest—accrued as a result of unpaid wages;
  • Attorney’s fees and costs—legal fees associated with your claim, and
  • Punitive damages—additional damages for willful wage violations.

To better understand what you can get and to seek the most money for damages under California law, it’s essential to talk to a skilled employment lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the different types of unpaid wage claim cases.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Do If I Suspect My Employer Is Not Paying Me Correctly or Withholding My Wages?

If you believe your employer is paying you incorrectly, the first step is to keep accurate records of your work hours and pay. Discuss the issue with your employer to seek clarification or resolution. If the problem persists, consult an employment attorney in Los Angeles to assess your situation and guide you on filing a wage claim.

Can I Be Fired or Retaliated Against for Trying to Recover My Unpaid Wages?

California law prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who assert their wage rights. If you face retaliation for seeking unpaid wages, you may have legal grounds to file a retaliation claim. It’s essential to document any adverse actions your employer takes and consult with an attorney to protect your rights.

Is Your California Employer Wrongfully Withholding Your Wages?

If you are an employee in California and believe your employer is unlawfully withholding your hard-earned wages, you must understand your legal options. At Tomorrow Law™, we’ve assembled a dedicated team of California unpaid wages lawyers who are committed to helping workers obtain what’s rightfully theirs. We take great pride in holding employers accountable for all employment violations, including wage and hour violations. Call Tomorrow Law™ today to learn more and to schedule a free consultation. You can also connect with an attorney by completing our online contact form.