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.
This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.
Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.
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.
You have rights protected by state laws.
How to get back what your employer owes you.
The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.
The categories and situations when overtime doesn't apply.
What your employer can and can't take away.
California Labor Commissioner's office (also known as DLSE) can help recover unpaid wages.
What are your rights as a worker? What Is the Underground Economy? Report a bad employer.
Effective January 1, 217, the minimum wage for all industries will be increased yearly.
Equality in pay and compensation is protected under the law.
With a few exceptions, undocumented workers enjoy all of the legal rights and remedies provided by both Federal and California law.
Who has to pay?
Your rights to vacation time and sick days.
ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.
The rules about working only 4 days but 1 hours per day.
Your rights to comp time, or "compensated time off work".
Can my employer lay me off without any warning?
Can an employer take away a raise or reduce your wage without consent?
This booklet focuses on the California Labor Code sections.
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.
You should get paid what you're owed after you're terminated.
Your rights when you work with tips.
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.
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There are new requirements for employees to have paid sick leave.
Domestic service workers in private homes are covered by the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
DLSE's policies and interpretations for administering and enforcing.
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.
Breaks, overtime, tips, paydays, and more.
Search to see if your old employer lost a case against the government and now owes you money.