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California Automotive Mechanic Tech Attorney Wants You To Win With The Truth

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Are You a Silent Victim?

Let’s face it, turning wrenches is hard work. Really hard work. You bust your butt trying to make ends meet.  What you might not know is that you are being cheated out of many of your hard-earned wages.  Life is unfair enough the way it is. The deck is stacked against you from the get-go.

Truth be told, life is even more unfair when your employer does not pay you what they owe you. When this happens, you can be a “silent victim” or you can protect your rights. So, which are you going to be?

My goal, here, is to level the playing field between California automotive technicians and mechanics and employers. I can accomplish this goal by giving you’re a behind the scenes view of the tricks, traps, and rip-offs California employers use to cheat California automotive technicians and California mechanics out of their hard-earned money.  

I want to help you get your pay when you don’t receive fair overtime, meal periods, rest periods, vacation pay, piece-rate pay, termination pay and the like.


How are you being cheated?

For starters, many California employers pay automotive technicians and mechanics on a formula or piece rate system.  That is as opposed to paying by the hour, they pay folks depending on the task.  Based upon what I see, almost all of these formulas or piece rate systems are illegal because they don’t compensate employees for things like down-time, clean-up, etc.


Get Your Hard-Earned Money Back

When you figure 2 minutes here and 30 minutes there, it can really start to add up. Then add in what is called Termination pay and interest and you will soon see that you may be owed a lot of unpaid wages.

Fact is, our clients are often amazed at how quickly the unpaid wages they are owed add up into significant amounts of unpaid wages.


Brinker vs. Superior Court

My firm was the Plaintiff’s counsel in California’s largest wage and hour case. In 2012, the California Supreme Court issued a huge decision in Brinker v. Superior Court.  This case has changed the law for every hourly employee in California.

Today, the Turley and Mara Law Firm represents employees up and down California.  We have helped thousands of folks get their hard-earned wages back and we can help you also.



Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. 

William Turley
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.”
Wanted to know if I have to due a single claim or class action with co-workers for back pay I work at a ford dealer in SoCal and some tech are not even getting double min wage and they supply there own tools, also wanted to know if how we get paid is the correct way.
Posted by Uriel tapia on August 25, 2014 at 09:00 PM
Do you only handle class action.? My boyfriend is a mechanic at a local auto repair and tire shop (4 locations, approx 7 mechanics total). His employer is stealing his wages on the average of 50% per pay period. He is supposed to be paid for flag hours, but the shop doesnt keep actual records of this and instead caculates flag hours by the total dollar amount sold. They do not give him credit for labor he performs when they sell the labor for free or discounted, or when they have him work for days on company vehicles. He is also requiredt to provide his own tools and is not paid the required double minimum wage, there are many other violations snd wage thefts. He isnt sure if this is the case for all mechanics, but based in the employers attitude "if you dont like it, then leave" he assumes this is the case. They also average out his hours/wages over the time period, not paid for all hours worked. Please let me know if he has a case against them. So far they have defrauded him out of close to $10,000.
Posted by Tanya on January 24, 2014 at 11:51 PM

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