20+ Year Experienced Wage Claims Lawyer in the Inland Empire
Attorney Matthew L. Taylor has been handling wage claims in Rancho Cucamonga and the Inland Empire for over 20 years. We handle the following types of claims for employees in California: failure to receive minimum wages; failure to receive rest breaks and/or meal breaks, and failure to receive overtime; and failure to receive proper wages.
We handle claims for individual employees or class action cases on behalf of large groups of employees.
How Can Employers Violate Wage Laws in California?
We handle claims for both intentional and accidental failure to pay proper wages. Regardless of the intent, the employer is still obligated to make you whole by paying back wages plus possible penalties and interest. Often we find that employers have done one or more of the following:
- Setting up schedules so that it would be impossible for an employee to take a break or meal break in the proper time.
- Requiring an employee to work through their lunch break or failing to give an employee off duty meal and rest breaks.
- Improperly treating employees as “independent contractors”.
- Improperly treating employees as exempt managers and not paying overtime.
- Manipulating hours on time cards so that it looks like overtime was never achieved.
- Requiring an employee to work “off the clock” for any reason.
- Manipulating the method of wage payment to disguise the number of hours worked, including such tactics as paying a portion of the payroll in cash or providing checks from more than one sham employer.
What Can I do if I’m Not Being Paid Properly?
You can generally make a claim for back wages either during your employment or after your employment has ended. The claim may involve back wages, penalties, or interest. Call The Law Offices of Matthew L. Taylor in Rancho Cucamonga at (909) 989-7774 now. We can review the details of your case during your free initial telephone consultation and present you with your options. We look forward to hearing from you today.
Unpaid Overtime, Minimum Wage & Unpaid Meal Breaks Attorney
California law provides strong protections for workers who have not been paid proper wages or benefits, including the following:
- California’s minimum wage law is higher than the federal minimum wage, and California’s minimum wage generally applies to all employees in California. An employee who is not paid at least California minimum wage may bring a claim against the employer for back wages, penalties, and interest.
- California law provides that most employees are entitled to at least one 30-minute, off-duty meal break for each working shift. An employee who does not receive such a meal break may bring a claim against the employer for one hour of wages for each working shift in which the meal break was not provided, together with a claim for penalties and interest.
- California law provides that most employees are entitled to one ten-minute, off-duty, paid rest break for each four hours of work. Thus, for an 8-hour shift, the employee is entitled to receive two of these rest breaks. An employee who does not receive proper rest breaks may bring a claim against the employer for one hour of wages for each working shift in which the rest break was not provided, together with a claim for penalties and interest.
- California law generally provides that most non-exempt employees are entitled to receive overtime pay for any work over 8 hours in a day and over 40 hours in a week. This overtime pay should be at 1.5 times the employee’s regular wage. (Additional overtime at twice the regular rate of pay may accrue after exceptionally-long shifts or work weeks.). An employee who does not receive proper overtime pay may bring a claim against the employer for the unpaid overtime wages, together with a claim for penalties and interest.
Law Offices of Matthew L. Taylor has successfully brought both individual and class action claims on behalf of employees who were not paid proper wages. Individual claims are brought on behalf of a single person or a small group of people. Class action claims are brought on behalf of a large group of employees with similar claims. Some notable employment and wage cases handled by the firm include:
- $26,000,000 for sanitation truck drivers for failure to provide proper meal breaks.
- $3,000,000 for workers when an employer installed hidden surveillance in employee bathrooms and break areas.
- $1,900,000 for workers in a manufacturing plant for failure to provide proper rest and meal breaks and failure to pay wages due upon termination
- $975,000 for delivery drivers who were given assigned shifts that did not provide enough time for rest and meal breaks.