Wage Claims, Overtime, and Wage and Hour Laws

Most Frequently Viewed Resources

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

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

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

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

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.

Breaks, overtime, tips, paydays, and more.

This booklet focuses on the California Labor Code sections.

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

Your rights to vacation time and sick days.

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

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

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

If your employer has filed for bankruptcy, it means that the business is no longer able to pay off its debts to its creditors, and the company has asked the court to help it either plan a repayment schedule (“Chapter 11” bankruptcy) or sell off all its property and use the money to pay off the creditors (“Chapter 7” bankruptcy).

Call the office near you for help.

How to get back what your employer owes you.

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

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

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

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

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

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

What your employer can and can't take away.

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

The categories and situations when overtime doesn't apply.

Equality in pay and compensation is protected under the law.

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

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

You can request a free interpreter to be with you in court.

A court interpreter verbally translates (called “interpreting”) everything the judge and others say from spoken English into your primary language, and everything you say back into spoken English.

This resource has the answers to commonly asked questions about court interpreters, including how to ask for one.

DLSE's policies and interpretations for administering and enforcing.

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.

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.

Can my employer lay me off without any warning?

Your rights when you work with tips.

You have rights protected by state laws.

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

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.