Not paying overtime to workers who are entitled to it is a violation of federal and state labor laws. If you are an employee and your boss or company has refused to pay overtime, you are within your rights to pursue compensation for your lost wages and unjust treatment. We are here to help you fight for that compensation.
At Robinson Bradford LLP, we offer detailed legal expertise to victims of illegal employment practices and labor law violations. Our skilled employment law attorneys have dedicated their careers to protecting workers’ rights. We will hear your story, carry out a thorough investigation, and help you negotiate fair financial compensation. We proudly serve clients throughout Stockton, Temecula, Costa Mesa, and Irvine, California.
Employers’ Responsibility for Fair Pay in California
California is known to be a leader in workers’ rights. In 2016, California implemented a series of employment laws that addressed the difference in earnings between male and female employees. Also, the New Fair Pay Act shifts the burden of proof away from the employee to the employer. Below are the duties of employers with regard to fair pay in California.
- Wage Difference: Employers are prohibited from paying workers of the opposite sex lower wages for considerably similar work. Also, employers must be able to demonstrate that the differences in pay are not associated with differences in sex, but are based exclusively on various factors that can be attributed to business development and growth.
- Transparency: Employers are prohibited from implementing rules or policies that prevent workers from disclosing or discussing their hourly rates, wages, or salary with other workers.
- Compensation Policies: Employers must take a proactive approach to their wage structure and compensation policies to ensure equity. However, in order to comply with the law, reducing the wages of the opposite sex employees is considered unlawful. The employer must raise the wages of the underpaid employee. Any employer that violates these laws may be charged with a misdemeanor offense.
If your employer has violated any of the above employment laws, you should seek counsel from an experienced legal team as soon as possible.