mechanicCalifornia state lawmakers are calling for new penalties for companies that don’t pay workers. Since 2010, California courts have identified $273,952,366.15 in stolen wages in California. However, workers have to get an attorney and file a lawsuit to collect those stolen wages.

The state lawmakers are getting involved as a proposed law is being looked at to make those companies who haven’t paid their workers to post a $ 150,000 bond to remain in business in the Golden State. Since 2010, the labor board has found in favor of wage theft plaintiffs in the amount of a sum of over $ 80 million. However these court ordered payments are rarely enforced. A study conducted by UCLA has found that as many as 83 percent of the companies found guilty of not paying workers what they earned actually make good on the payments the courts have told them to make.

NBC Bay area reporters have asked the Labor Commissioner’s office how many they know have been paid but the office replied they have no way of tracking these figures at this time.  A workers’ only chance at receiving these back wages is often to take the employer to civil court.

Anyone who has been victimized by such an employer must make their voice be heard. The state may have found the employer in violation of proper payment for services rendered but a civil suit started by a California Employment Attorney will get the employer’s attention more so than the labor commissioner’s office seemingly can. If you or a loved one in California has an employment problem related to missing wages consult with an attorney experienced in this field of law to protect your rights.

California labor laws and the Fair Labor Standards Act require proper wages to be paid to employees. Violations of federal and state labor laws can occur when employers misclassify employees as “exempt” from wage and hour laws, when in fact they should be receiving overtime, meal/rest breaks, and other benefits of labor laws. Violations can also occur when employers fail to pay minimum wages,  fail to provide equal pay, unlawfully use unpaid internships, or violate the countless other labor law requirements that must be followed.

AXIS Legal Counsel is a general practice law firm based out of Los Angeles representing clients in class action and individual actions for violations of federal and state labor laws, including California’s wage and hour laws.  For information on retaining AXIS Legal Counsel to represent you with respect to any wage, hour, or labor law matter, contact or call (213) 403-0130 for a confidential consultation, or visit our Employee Rights’ Practice Area or Individual Rights Portal for more information.

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