What You Need to Know About California Minimum Wage, Overtime, and Other Wage Claims
You can recover unpaid wages, overtime, and tips in California if you know your rights and how to enforce them. Does your employer owe you unpaid wages or overtime? Or, maybe you need information on the breaks you’re entitled to, overtime rules, or your right to tips. If so, you'll find the information you need on this site to learn what you can do in California to get the money you have earned.
Here, we answer many common questions about wage and hour law in California, including:
- your rights to pay and what to do if you are owed pay
- whether you are eligible for overtime pay in California
- your right to tips in California
- what breaks you are entitled to in California, and
- how to file a wage claim against your employer with the California Department of Industrial Relations.
A few things to keep in mind as you explore this site:
1. Wage and hour laws differ from state to state.
Most states have enacted their own wage and hour regulations and procedures for employees to follow if they have been treated unfairly. These regulations and procedures vary from state to state. Start by finding out about your rights to pay in California.
2. Some states simply adopt the federal minimum wage and overtime standards.
The U.S. Department of Labor covers minimum wage, overtime, and other wage and hour matters. In states that have not adopted their own wage and hour regulations and procedures, your rights are set out by the U.S. Department of Labor. Check California Department of Industrial Relations to find out more.
3. You are entitled to certain payments when your employment ends.
Your final paycheck must include certain amounts, regardless of whether you resigned, were laid off, or were fired. Find out whether your former employer met California’s final paycheck requirements.