morganstanleyMorgan Stanley is the latest in the line of companies in California being accused of violating California labor laws.  This latest lawsuit accuses the investment firm of failure to pay employees for overtime and failure to provide mandatory meal and rest breaks to employees.

The lead plaintiff in the class action lawsuit, Jason Z, alleges that during his time with Morgan Stanley he regularly worked more than forty hours per week, but was never compensated for the overtime hours worked.  He also claims that the company failed to provide employees with itemized statements for pay periods and that he and other employees weren’t provided with the breaks periods mandated by California labor laws.

There are more than a hundred current and former Morgan Stanley employees represented in this class action lawsuit.  The plaintiffs are seeking a judgment from Morgan Stanley that totals more than five million dollars for the alleged violations.

California has a number of laws in place that are specifically designed to protect employees.  These laws require employers to properly compensate employees for hours worked over and above a typical work week and require specific food and rest periods for employees who work different lengths of shifts.

If you feel as though your employer is unlawfully withholding wages or requiring that additional work be performed when you are off the clock, you need to get a lawyer on your side.  An experienced California attorney can review your specific situation in order to determine if your employer is in violation of California labor law.  If there is evidence of unpaid wages, unpaid overtime or any other violation your attorney can develop the most appropriate course of action to ensure the your rights are upheld.  You California attorney will gather evidence and build a case that will help you get the compensation that you are entitled to as a result of labor law violations.

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.

California labor laws require overtime pay to be paid for all “nonexempt” employees after eight hours of work in one workday or 40 hours in one work-week, plus additional “premium” overtime pay for hours worked on the seventh consecutive day of work in any one work week.  California law is more favorable to employees than federal law under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which only requires overtime pay for nonexempt private sector employees who worked in excess of 40 hours per workweek. An employer who fails to provide an employee with a meal or rest period as required by an applicable IWC Wage Order is liable for paying each affected employee one hour’s pay each day the employee is not provided the appropriate meal or rest period. (California Labor Code 226.7(b)).

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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