The current minimum wage in California is $10.50 an hour for all employers and $11 an hour for employers with at least 26 employees. If you work in California, therefore, your employer must pay you at least $10.50 per hour. In Los Angeles and some of the surrounding cities, the minimum wage is $12 an hour.
The minimum wage is the amount of hourly compensation that an employer is obligated to provide his or her employees. If you believe you were not paid the minimum wage for hours worked, you should contact the Nourmand Law Firm. Our Los Angeles employment lawyers are extremely aggressive, skillful and experienced in pursuing compensation for unpaid wages for California workers.
The federal wage requirement is set out by the Fair Labor Standards Act (or FLSA), whereas the California minimum wage is set out in the California Labor Code. Your employer must maintain a “Wage Order” (which the Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) issues for employers to post in a conspicuous place at the worksite). The Wage Order will specify the current state and federal minimum wage.
As a California employee, you cannot waive your right to earn the minimum wage.3 If your employer makes you sign an agreement to paid less than the minimum wage, the agreement is simply unenforceable.
If your employer terminates your employment, you must be paid all wages owed at the time of termination.4 If you resign your employment, your wages are due within 72 hours.5 If your employer fails to timely pay you your final wages, California law imposes a penalty. The penalty for unpaid final wages accrues daily (weekends included) until paid. The maximum penalty for late payment of final wages is thirty (30) days pay.6
The minimum wage exists to protect workers and ensure they are adequately paid. If you believe your employer has not paid you the minimum wage, contact our Los Angeles employment lawyers as soon as possible. The Nourmand Law Firm has years of successful and effective litigation on behalf of workers. Our clients come to us with a range of complaints. Sometimes they are wrongfully terminated because their employer has retaliated against them for complaining about work conditions or “whistleblowing.” Other times, they have been denied adequate overtime pay or a bonus that they were promised. Many times, they simply fail to pay them the required minimum wage. Our Los Angeles labor lawyers and minimum wage employment lawyers have the experience, skill and know-how to prosecute a legal action against a California employer who has failed to pay you the minimum wage.
We represent clients who have been denied the minimum wage in Los Angeles, Koreatown, Pasadena, San Bernardino, San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, the South Bay and throughout Southern California.