If you work in San Francisco, California, and your employer has withheld the wages that you rightfully earned, you are entitled to compensation! Our experienced San Francisco wage & hour lawyers can fight for justice for you. Call now to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your rights!
San Francisco is the most densely populated city in California and the second most densely populated city in the United States (after NYC). It is a popular tourist destination - over 23 million people visit the city each year. It is also a popular place for major corporations to headquarter - over 19 Fortune 500 companies are based in San Francisco. Nearly a million people live and work in the city, both for these corporations and for small businesses, restaurants, hotels, and other parts of the tourist industry. Unfortunately, not all of these hard working employees are paid fairly for their labor. Employers will often attempt to take advantage of their employees by paying them less than what they deserve and keep more of the business’s profits in their own pockets. If you work in San Francisco, you have protected legal rights under both state and federal labor laws; there are clear guidelines regarding how, how much, and when you should be paid for the hours that you work. When your employer acts dishonestly and withholds the wages that you are entitled to, you can enlist the assistance of aggressive San Francisco wage & hour lawyers who will stand up for you and work to recover the maximum compensation possible in your case! At Southern California Attorneys, A.P.C., we have over 60 years of combined experience advocating for victims of wage theft all across the state. We’re on your side, and we fight to win! Wage laws protect even undocumented immigrants, and our legal services cost nothing to our clients until we win their case (at which point, our fees will either be paid by your employer or come from your settlement). You can talk to us for free to learn more about how we can help you. Call our San Francisco team today to schedule a no-cost, confidential consultation.
When do you need to contact our San Francisco wage & hour lawyers?
There are many ways that employers in San Fransisco can steal wages from their employers. Below are some of the most common forms of wage theft. If you suspect that your employer hasn’t been paying you the amount that they should be, our San Francisco wage & hour lawyers can help you confirm your suspicions, determine the best course of action, and protect your rights!You may need to reach out to us when…
You’ve been classified as an independent contractor or as exempt, but suspect you’re actually a non-exempt employee.
There are two categories of workers in California - exempt and non-exempt. It can be hard to understand the differences between the two, but one easy way to think of it is that if you are salaried, you are probably non-exempt (but not always) and if you are paid hourly, you are probably exempt. Non-exempt employees are entitled to be paid for overtime and have other important legal protections. In order to pay their employees less, employers will sometimes attempt to classify employees as exempt, but misclassification is wage theft.
You’re not being paid the minimum wage of San Francisco County.
Minimum wage laws have changed a lot in 2022. The nationwide minimum wage is $7.25, but California’s increased as of January 2022 to $15 for large businesses (with 26+ employees) and $14 for small businesses (25 employees or fewer). However, neither of those minimum wages applies to you if you work in San Francisco County, because the minimum wage here is higher. In San Francisco County, the minimum wage is currently $16.32, but will increase to $16.99 on July 1, 2022. If you are a non-exempt employee who is currently making less than $16.32 per hour, you are likely being underpaid.
You’re not being paid for overtime at all, or suspect that you’re not being paid correctly.
Employers are legally required to pay their non-exempt San Francisco employees “time-and-a-half” (50% of their regular hourly pay on top of their regular hourly pay) for any hours worked pas 8 hours a day, pas 40 hours in a week, or for the first 8 hours on their 7th consecutive workday. The law states that employers are supposed to pay “double time” (twice the employee’s regular hourly pay) for any hours worked past 12 hours a day, or for any hours past those first 8 on their 7th consecutive workday. Overtime laws can be confusing, but all employers are responsible for paying their employees the right overtime wages. If the above scenario doesn’t sound like your current overtime wage situation, you may be a victim of wage theft.
The way your employer tips doesn’t match state rules
The tips that you earn are your property. While your employer can require you to pool tips fairly with other employees, they cannot require you to share your tips with any managers, dock your tips due to credit card processing fees, or reduce your minimum wage because you make tips. If you work in San Francisco and earn tips, you should be making $16.32 plus your tips (in July, you should be making $16.99 plus your tips). If you are not, contact our law firm today.
About how our San Francisco wage & hour lawyers can help you
Wage theft is called that for a reason - it’s stealing, and it’s not fair to you or to your family. It can prevent you from being able to thrive financially in the present or seize financial opportunities that could lead to a better future. Many employees are afraid to talk to an attorney, even if they realize they are being cheated by their employer, because either they don’t have the money to pay for legal representation, or they are undocumented and afraid of being deported, or they are afraid of being fired, but none of these reasons should keep you from contacting us. For one thing, your employer can’t retaliate against you, legally, for filing a wage & hour claim; things may be awkward at work, but you won’t lose your job. California wage laws protect undocumented immigrants, so you don’t have to worry about immigration consequences. Because we believe so strongly in employee rights, our firm charges on a contingency basis, meaning that you don’t have to pay us any legal fees unless we win your case. If we do win, it is likely that your employer will be required to pay our fees, or our fees will be paid directly out of your settlement. We offer free consultations where our multilingual attorneys can answer your questions and explain your options! There is a statute of limitations on wage & hour claims, so call our San Francisco wage & hour lawyers today to schedule your free, confidential consultation and get started!
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