Agriculture is big business in California. Many of the individuals who work in the industry come to the state under the H-2A visa program. Unfortunately, not all of the growers who employ them follow the federal wage and hour laws. In fact, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor recently conducted an investigation into allegations of violations of federal laws and ended up assessing fines against certain growers, recovering hundreds of thousands of dollars in pay owed to workers.
Unless California residents do volunteer work, they expect payment for the work they do. In fact, they expect to be paid on a regular basis, and they expect payment for all of the time they put into their jobs. Wage and hour disputes often include payday issues such as those below.
It is not uncommon for Long Beach employers to want to save money in order to increase their company's profits. One of the largest expenses of any business is its workers. Salaries, taxes and benefits can cost a significant amount of money. For this reason, some employers attempt to classify workers as independent contractors, which could give rise to wage and hour disputes.
Even when the workday is not hectic, California workers need to take some time away from their duties. Meal breaks provide this short escape and give workers an opportunity to refuel with some food and drink. Unfortunately, some employers fail to follow the rules when it comes to meal breaks, which can lead to wage and hour disputes from employee's entitled to either the break or pay for the time allowed by law.
Whether you have a family or live alone, you have financial obligations to take care of, and that is why you go to work each day. In return for completing your duties, your employer is supposed to pay you for your time at an agreed upon rate and in compliance with federal and California law. When that does not happen, workers like you can stand up for your rights through wage and hour disputes.