When you started working for your job you expected to be paid in full. However, after working for several months, you’ve started to notice your paychecks aren’t always the same and, oftentimes, you’re earning less than the people around you. If this is happening to you, then you may be a victim of wage theft.
Not only is wage theft immoral but it’s illegal. Under employment laws, workers are entitled to be paid for their work. Yet, many employers believe they have a right to take from their employees’ pockets.
When looking to see if you’re a victim of wage theft, it’s important to understand how your employer may be taking advantage of their position. The following are examples of wage theft:
Paid below minimum wage
Not only are workers guaranteed to be paid but they’re also promised minimum wage. In the state of California, the minimum wage is $15.50 per hour. So if you find that you’re being paid less for your time, then you’re likely a victim of wage theft.
Not paid for overtime
Workers are required to be paid minimum wage for their time, but may earn more from working overtime. Any time above their normal work hours should be paid one and one-half times their normal wage. An employer may conduct wage theft if they refuse to pay overtime.
Many people make most of their living off tips alone. In some cases, employers will withhold tips given to employees. However, tips are an employee’s right.
If you believe you’re a victim of wage theft, then you should understand your legal options to ensure you’re given proper pay.