In California, the minimum wage is set by law at $11 per hour for businesses with more than 25 employees, and $10.50 per hour for businesses with 25 or fewer workers. If you are being paid less than minimum wage, you may be entitled to back pay and other damages from your employer.
At The Law Offices of Scott A. Miller, APC, our attorneys represent employees in Los Angeles County and throughout California. We have extensive experience handling class action suits when the rights of multiple employees in a workplace are being violated. If you have concerns about minimum wage at your place of employment, call us at 800-417-2008.
I Agreed To Be Paid Less Than Minimum Wage. Do I Have A Claim?
Yes. Employers and employees cannot enter into a contract where the employee will be paid less than minimum wage, even if the employee agrees to this type of proposal. If you have agreed to take a job that pays you less than what is required by law, you should seek legal counsel as soon as possible.
My Employer Pays Me The Federal Minimum Wage. Is This Legal?
No. The federal minimum wage is set at $7.25 per hour. This is considered the "floor" for minimum wage. In other words, states cannot set their minimum wage rates at anything less than what is established by the federal government. However, states are free to set their rates higher than those established by the federal government, which California has done. In addition, cities and municipalities may set even higher minimum wage rates, which generally must be honored by employers in those cities.
Are There Exceptions To Minimum Wage Laws?
Yes. Minimum wage rules do not apply to certain workers, including those who are considered outside salespeople and independent contractors. Minimum wage laws also do not apply to exempt employees, who are paid a salary as opposed to an hourly rate. However, it is important to note that employers may improperly classify workers in an effort to get around minimum wage laws. If there are any concerns about your employment classification, you should seek advice from a lawyer.
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