What is Wage Theft?
Wage theft is when companies steal their employee's wages and is probably one of the biggest problems for workers in America today. It’s an expensive problem too, a multi-billion dollar a year problem in fact.
Chances are, it is your problem too.
It can be a few minutes shaved off here, an hour overtime deducted there or an auto-deducted, non-existent meal break for some workers. This time is time you are working and not getting paid. And let me tell you that time and that money adds up quick. In some cases we could be talking thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars a year.
And that's your money.
I know about wage theft, I know how unfair it is, I see it every day. Which is why I have been asked to testify before the California State Senate and the California State Assembly on wage theft issues. And why I have been asked to draft proposed legislation on stopping wage theft with the United States Senate Commerce Committee.
Wage Theft: The illegal practice of the company not paying you for all of your work.
Violating minimum wage laws, not paying overtime, forcing you to work off the clock, not paying you for all the time that you worked, time-shaving, not providing you meal periods, not authorizing and permitting rest periods, not paying you wages in a timely manner, not providing accurate pay-stubs and other such illegal activity all falls under the umbrella of wage theft.
Based on what I see, these companies steal their employees' wages weekly and most of the time these employees have no idea it's even happening.
This is where you come in. You need to stand up, not just for yourself but for your co-workers too, and say, “No, I am not going to take it anymore”. Then it's time to lawyer up and plunge into the battle to get your hard-earned wages back.
What You Want In A Lawyer
When you are looking to hire the right lawyer for your case it can be overwhelming. Where do you start? What qualities should your lawyer have?
Keep it simple: You need a lawyer that you can trust.
Trusting your lawyer means that you believe your lawyer has the inteligence, skill and experience to not only navigate your case, but also win your case. Most wage and hour cases involve taking on pretty big companies that have their own set of skilled lawyers. In order to win your wage and class action case you will need a lawyer that can and will beat that big company and their team of lawyers.
Another part of trusting your lawyer is knowing that your lawyer is only going to try to win your wage and hour class action case with the truth. They aren't going to put you in an awkward position or tell you to lie or hide certain aspects of your story. They are going to guide you by being honest with you and making you the most honest you can be when it comes to your case.
Who am I?
My name is Bill Turley and my law firm handles California wage theft cases in many different industries, but one of the largest industries where we see wage theft is the trucking industry.
My Dad grew up driving a truck. He loved to drive. I rode with him sometimes when I was a kid, sitting in the front seat of various trucks including panel trucks and big rigs. I remember listening to him turn up the radio when Roger Miller’s King of the Road came on. We would sing along together. I loved every minute. Because of him and the memories we shared, I have a pretty big spot in my heart for truck drivers.
In my opinion, lawyers have to remember that we are not better, in any shape or form, than our clients. I have been around lawyers that act like they are superior to everyone they come across. I've heard lawyers talking down to their clients, calling them "trailer trash" and I remember that these harsh words stung. I lived in a trailer when I was in fifth grade. My grandmother lived in a trailer. My Mom grew up living in a trailer. I didn't think my family was trash then, I definitely don't think they are now.
I am pretty honored to represent thousands of truck drivers. It makes my job easy, representing so many good, hard-working people. And now, I'm proud to say, that my law firm represents more Teamsters, truck drivers and/or delivery drivers than any other law firm in California.
For these reasons I like to make my knowlege and experience available for every driver, warehouse worker, or hourly employee out there. So they know their rights and if they do find themselves involved in a wage and hour class action case they know what to do and how to win. It is why I crafted this website with a Wage and Hour article library, blog, FAQ page and videos.
It is why I offer my book, California Truck & Delivery Driver Wage Theft, here for FREE.
Knowledge is power and you need to use that power to get back what you have already earned and now deserve.
Some Nice Stuff People Are Sayin'
You can't always believe everything you read on the Internet. I can talk about myself all I want, but at the end of the day you are more likely to get a better idea of how I operate and my achievements if someone else tells you about them. So here's what other folks are saying:
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We Want To Help
Our firm accepts wage and hours cases from every California-based industry. We represent workers at every level, from laborers to company executives. Over the years we have found some industries are more likely to break California's strict wage and hour laws than others.
For example, employees in the retail industry are frequently misclassified as overtime exempt and are known to work long hours without appropriate compensation. Other industries which are found to have consistently broken California/s wage and hour laws include:
- Mechanics and Vehicle Technicians
- Restaurant cooks, food servers and waiters, floor and kitchen managers
- Maids, hotel staff
- Information technology engineers, programmers, and system administrators.
- Delivery personnel, warehouse personnel, pickers, loaders
- Truck drivers, Delivery Drivers
- Financial services employees and support staff.
- Insurance employees, insurance adjusters
- Outside sales and commission sales employees.
- Administrative workers, executive
- Physicians Assistants
- Workers illegally classified as "independent contractors"
Disclaimer: No two cases are ever the same. Our success in prior cases is never a guarantee of success in other cases. Remember the only things in life that are guaranteed is death and taxes.