If you have worked “off-the-clock” without compensation, you may be able to file a claim for unpaid wages. Call 888-762-0297 to discuss your options.
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What counts as working off-the-clock?
In Los Angeles and everywhere else in California, working off-the-clock is when you perform work for your employer, and they know – or should know about the work but do not pay you. Common examples of this include your employer:
- Changing your timesheet after you enter your hours,
- Not paying you for work done either at the start of or the end of your shift,
- Shaving time off the hours, you submit on your timesheet,
- Limiting the number of hours you can put on your timesheet even if you work more, or
- Automatically deducting a meal period even if you don’t take one.
Is it illegal to work off-the-clock in California?
Under California and federal wage and hour laws, working off-the-clock without compensation is illegal. Also, in 2018, the California Supreme Court held that even working a few minutes off-the-clock per shift is considered a violation of California law (Troester v. Starbucks Corp).
Get the help of an employment lawyer in California to get the compensation you are rightfully entitled to.
Working off-the-clock laws for salaried employees
In California, an employee is generally entitled to be paid for all hours worked. However, an employee correctly classified as “salaried” is generally not covered by off-the-clock laws.
Note: it is not uncommon for employers to misclassify employees as salaried. Speak with an attorney to find out whether you have been misclassified as an exempt employee.
If your employer requires you to work additional hours without compensation for working off-the-clock, you may have a wage and hour violation claim for unpaid wages and other damages.