What should I do if my employer is not paying me my wages on time?

California law requires employers to pay their employees on time. If your employer failed to pay you in a timely manner, you may be able to file a claim to recover any wages you are owed.

All workers have the right to receive their full earned wages, including overtime pay, on time. This includes the final paycheck upon quitting a job or termination of employment.

Employers may face a civil penalty and other legal consequences for late payments. There are certain exceptions, such as circumstances where there is a legitimate reason for the late payment. For example, an employee’s paycheck may be delayed due to technical issues with the employer’s bank.

If your employer is not paying you on time or has engaged in other wage and hour violations, contact Erlich Law Firm right away. You may be able to file a complaint with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement or have grounds for a lawsuit against your employer. An employment lawyer will review your situation and help you determine the best way to resolve it.

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