What is PAGA?
Many of you know that I represent more drivers than any lawyer in California. Almost every day I am talking to California drivers. Recently, I was asked “what is PAGA and how does it affect me (a California driver)?”
Great question. So in this series of articles, I am going to explain what PAGA is and in later posts, I will explain how PAGA may affect California drivers.
As usual, this article is not legal advice nor a guarantee of what is going to happen in your case.
Private Attorney General Act or as it is commonly called PAGA, authorizes employees that are subject to illegal labor code violations to act as private attorney generals to recover civil penalties from their employers for violations of the labor code. This can be so, so powerful. You, in essence, can bring a case like the California Attorney General when your employer violations California wage and hour laws.
The idea behind PAGA is that the legislature understands that the DSLE was very understaffed and they also realized that the DLSE can be subject to political pressure. In response, the legislature came up with PAGA.
So what PAGA does is that it allows you to take on the company as if you were the Attorney General of California. You are getting penalties from the company that has stolen your wages. This is great stuff for California workers.
What I Do
I represent well over 100,000 California workers. I While I handle all types of California wage and hour cases - my sub-specialty is representing California commercial drivers, truck drivers and delivery drivers.
We can even do a wage audit for you, at no cost to you. We always make sure to get your employers to pay our fees.
If you have any quesions about whether or not you have a PAGA case on your hands
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