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Wage Theft: What Is It and What Can Be Done About It

Apr 12, 2023 ā€” by Chris Olsen
Tags: Wage Theft Overtime Regular Wages Pay Records Unpaid Wages

What Is Wage Theft? Wage theft refers to the unlawful practice of employers withholding wages or benefits that are rightfully owed to their employees. This can take many forms, including failing to pay the minimum wage, denying overtime pay, misclassifying employees as independent contractors, failing to provide meal and rest breaks, and other violations of labor laws. Wage theft has a significant impact on California employees, particularly those who are already vulnerable due to their low income or precarious work status. According to a report by the Economic Policy Institute, wage theft costs California workers an estimated $2 billion per year. This not only deprives workers of their hard-earned income but also has ripple effects on their families and communities, as they may struggle to make ends meet or fall into poverty. In response to the problem of wage theft, California has implemented strong labor laws and enforcement mechanisms to protect workers. For examp

Fear Wrongful Termination? Hereā€™s What NOT to Do.

The most common advice around wrongful termination tends to focus on what an employee should do to avoid wrongful termination or what steps to take after suffering wrongful termination. In this blog, we take a different approach. We thought it important to provide a guideline of what a worker should not do if facing wrongful termination.

Worried You're About to Be Wrongfully Terminated? Read this.

Workers who fear they may be facing wrongful termination may feel anxiety and a sense of helplessness. But there are steps workers can take to gain a sense of control and empowerment. With the assistance of an experienced employment attorney, workers can negotiate their way through a confusing and emotionally taxing work environment either to preserve their job, maximize a severance offer, or gather evidence to support a claim for wrongful termination. 

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