mechanicCaliber, a Texas company that owns an auto repair chain with shops in California is being sued by their mechanics. It is in a class action suit filed in California that challenges  the company’s piece rate payment system.

Under piece-rate compensation, the job assigned to a worker is given a specific amount of time to perform the task. If it is done in less time or more time the worker is paid the same amount. The lawsuit contends that not only are some jobs taking much longer to accomplish, the payroll records show that Caliber is using incentive bonuses to be added into the workers’ regular rate of pay. This prevents them from receiving overtime pay even when working over 40 hours a week. The suit states that the payroll records are inadequate and the reported wages given to the workers are inaccurate.

The lawsuit also contends that in addition to these offenses Caliber requires mechanics to supply their own tools and they receive no compensation for break periods along with the questionable piece rate system.  The main thrust of the action is that the workers are not receiving minimum wage for 40 hours a week and no overtime after working well over 40 hours.

If you are a California worker putting up with an employer that disputes your protests in similar circumstances you should reach out to a California law firm experienced in employment issues. Laws are passed to protect workers from being exploited and they should never be violated. Contact your California employment attorney today for justice and proper pay for your labor.

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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