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What is an unpaid wage analysis? How to find out if you're owed unpaid wages under California law.

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California Unpaid Wage Analysis

If you’re like a lot of workers you may suspect that you aren’t getting paid all of the wages that you worked hard to earn. You might not be getting rest breaks or meal breaks. Or you might not be getting paid for all the time you work. Maybe not getting overtime. Or any number of other ways you may not getting paid all your wages.

What you probably do know is that you work long hard hours for the company. And that you struggle to make ends meet. And that you can sure use every dollar that you work hard to earn. I don’t have to tell you it sucks not to getting paid all the wages that you are owed by a current or former employer.

The best way to find out how much unpaid wages you are owed is to get a confidential, no-obligation, free unpaid wages analysis. It helps you answer the question: "How can I find out how much I'm owed in unpaid wages?"  

In this article, I answer these questions and/or address the following issues:

Under California law - a small amount of  unpaid wages can mean you're owed thousands of dollars in unpaid wages

What is a confidential, no-obligation, free unpaid wages analysis?

What does “confidential, no-obligation and free” really mean?

You never have to pay any money out of pocket

Find out how much unpaid wages the company owes you

Straight forward No B.S.

Why you should get a confidential, no-obligation, free unpaid wages analysis

Companies don't pay workers all the wages they are owed because they can usually get away with it

Claim your confidential, no-obligation, free unpaid wages analysis

Bill represented the workers in the landmark California Supreme Court case - Brinker vs Superior Court (Maybe the most important wage case ever for the protection of workers)

Bill Turley wrote the winning brief in the California Supreme Court case - Augustus vs. ABM

Bill wrote the winning brief in the California Supreme Court case - Williams vs. Superior Court

A word of caution here though

A quick example

The lesson here - don't believe everything you read on the internet.

Not all lawyers are alike

Here is our guarantee

Why would I make this kind of a guarantee?

Under California law - a small amount of  unpaid wages can mean you're owed thousands of dollars in unpaid wages

In another article ( the link is here), I show examples of where workers are owed a relatively small amount of unpaid wages ($18 in one case study and $102.67 in another case study) and based upon California's strict laws requiring employers to pay employees timely, the workers are owed thousands of dollars in unpaid wages. What you're going to see is that these laws protect you and the money that you are owed in unpaid wages and penalties can really add up fact. 

What is a confidential, no-obligation, free unpaid wages analysis?
  

Basically, this is a way for you to find out if you have a viable unpaid wages case. 

This is your opportunity for you to figure out how much you are owed in unpaid wages. Folks almost never realize how much they are owed in unpaid wages. It's actually easy, not much effort is required on your part. 


First you’ll have a short interview over the phone with one of our paralegals. This is usually Lisa. Everyone likes her.  So will you. 


Then we do some research on the company that you work for. Oftentimes, this preliminary research will tell us whether you have a viable case and whether the company you work for is a viable defendant. Then, we let  you know how that turned out. 


The next step is we request your wage records from the company. We do all of this for you. Under California law, the company must provide us with your wage records.

We use the company's own wage records to calculate how much you may be owed in unpaid wages. 


What does “confidential, no-obligation and free” really mean?


At no time do you have any obligation or owe us any money for any of this. If you have a viable case we will let you know that and you can decide whether you want to proceed or not. It’s totally up to you. We pay all costs of the lawsuit and we never charge you anything directly.  The information we gather is completely confidential and will never be shared with any outside party.

 

You never have to pay any money out of pocket


No gimmicks. No hidden charges. No asking for your credit card. Nothing of the sort. You never have to pay any money out of pocket.

Find out how much unpaid wages the company owes you


The cool thing is that it allows you to get an idea of how much you are potentially owed in unpaid wages, without you ever having to pay any money out of pocket.


The way this works is that we usually file these unpaid wages cases as class actions and/or PAGA cases. These are collective actions - meaning everyone in the company joins together in order to bring the case. We pay all costs of the lawsuit and we never charge you anything directly. If we prevail on the case, the Court has to approve our attorney fees, if any.

One of the reasons why Bill is known as California's Leading Wage and Hour Class Action Lawyer 

Bill Turley testifying at California State Senate regarding California wage laws
Bill is regularly asked to testify concerning wage law legislation at the

California State Senate and the California Assembly  


Straight forward No B.S.

Believe it or not, Bill is widely known for being straight forward, with a no B.S. approach. He's known as the lawyer of harsh reality. Meaning he tells like is is. To you, to the companies that don't pay wages that are owed, to the Judge and to the California lawmakers. The reason why Bill is asked to testify on unpaid wages legislation before the California Senate and California Assembly is because Bill is seen as THE expert on wage and hour law in California. And, it’s because Bill is well known for his honest, no B.S. candid approach.


Why you should get a confidential, no-obligation, free unpaid wages analysis


The Brinker California Supreme Court case is a good example of why you should get a confidential, no-obligation, free unpaid wages analysis. Some of you may realize that the Brinker case is widely considered the largest, most important California Supreme Court case for protecting workers wages in California history. 

When the original Brinker employee walked into Bill's office, she told Bill that she had not been getting her meal and rest breaks. It seemed that her co-workers weren’t getting them either.


But other than that, she really had no idea about the extent of what she might have been owed in unpaid wages. As it turns out, Bill's investigation revealed that what she thought the problem was with the Brinker company, turned out to be a small “tip of the iceberg” in all the wage and hour violations with the company.  She had no idea of all the different ways and reasons the company owed her in unpaid wages.

 

Companies don't pay workers all the wages they are owed because they can usually get away with it


Fact is, most workers have no idea how much they are being cheated out of unpaid wages every week. This is why companies do it; that is - don't pay workers all the wages they are owed - the companies know that they can usually get away with it. It’s all about profits for the company. Do you think they really care if you’re struggling each week?


The Brinker case is actually very illustrative of what we see week-in and week-out. It is not unusual for employees to think that they aren’t getting paid all the wages they've earned - whether it be meal period premiums or rest break premiums (this is the hour’s pay that employees are entitled to if they don’t receive their meal breaks and/or rest breaks).  Or it could be not getting paid for proper overtime or paid for all time worked. Another one is where they aren’t paid their wages on time or in a timely manner when they terminate their employment.


What is rare is for folks to know about all of the many different ways they haven’t been paid the full wages that they are entitled to under California law. In fact, I see attorneys that call themselves “wage and hour lawyers”, screw this up all the time also. So it’s no wonder that you might not know.

This is why I recommend that if you have the slightest suspicion that you haven’t been paid all the wage you are owed, then you should claim your confidential, no-obligation, free unpaid wages analysis.


Claim your confidential, no-obligation, free unpaid wages analysis

   

Call us at 619-304-1000 or contact us through the contact form on this website.
This is how you can get started on your confidential, no-obligation, free unpaid wages analysis right now. 


California’s Leading Wage and Hour Class Action Lawyer

Bill Turley on the cover of San Diego Attorney Journal


In a recent cover article of the San Diego Attorney Journal Bill was called

“California’s Leading Wage and Hour Class Action Lawyer.”


Bill represented the workers in the landmark California Supreme Court case - Brinker vs Superior Court (Maybe the most important wage case ever for the protection of workers)


Bill represented the workers in the 2012 groundbreaking California Supreme Court case - Brinker vs. Superior Court. Many people say that the Brinker case is the most important California Supreme Court wage and hour case in years (if not ever).


One of the worker protection concepts in the Brinker decision that keeps getting repeated again and again:


“When construing the California Labor Code, California courts are to adopt the construction that best gives effect to the purpose of the Legislature and Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC). The purpose of these laws is the protection of workers. In furtherance of that purpose, California courts are to liberally construe the Labor Code and Wage Orders to favor protection of workers.”


In the Brinker case, the California Supreme Court laid out the duties that California companies have, including providing meal periods and rest periods to workers.
 


Bill Turley wrote the winning brief in the California Supreme Court case -

Augustus vs. ABM


Bill wrote the winning brief in the California Supreme Court case - Augustus vs. ABM. This is the case where the California Supreme Court laid out the duties of companies to provide workers rest breaks.


Bill wrote the winning brief in the
California Supreme Court case -
Williams vs. Superior Court


Bill wrote the winning brief in the California Supreme Court case - Williams vs. Superior Court.  This is the important case where the California Supreme Court held that companies must provide the contact information for other employees that also are owed unpaid wages by the company.


A word of caution here though


I suggest that you don't call someone because they have a pretty webpage. Anybody can slap up a web page on the internet and pose as a wage and hour lawyer.
What am I talking about?   

A quick example  

We recently filed an unpaid wages class action case against a decent sized California manufacturing company. Soon after we filed the case, another lawyer (that is all over the internet and has a very fancy and impressive website that claims he is an "experienced California wage and hour lawyer") put together a quick settlement with the company's lawyer. 


This is not uncommon.  That is, for companies to try and settle quickly and pay pennies on the dollar. Especially, if the company knows a big-time, well-known lawyer has another class action case with the same company.  The other lawyer then filed a Motion for Preliminary Approval of a Class Action Settlement for $500,000. While that may sound like a lot of money, the other lawyers had done very little quality analysis into the real value of the case and what wages were owed to the employees. In other words, no unpaid wages analysis had been done. 


Our client objected to the Settlement as not being adequate and very unfair to the workers. The Judge in the case agreed with us. So we did a lot more investigation and discovery and based upon our investigation it was clear that the workers were owed a lot more money. 


We recently went to a new mediation and settled the case for $4,500,000. Or 9 times more than the other lawyer had tried to settle the case for.

 

Happy clients with their settlement checks from a California unpaid wages case
What makes this all worthwhile - when employees receive their checks for unpaid wages!

 

The lesson here - don't believe everything you read on the internet.

These other lawyers - the ones that had a fancy website and called themselves “successful California wage and hour class action attorneys” - weren’t such good attorneys after all.  The workers that hired them had no idea that these guys were really "yo-yos". Fact is, they didn't know how to do an unpaid wages analysis. 


Instead, you need to make sure that the California unpaid wages lawyer that you hire really is one of the best wage and hour class action lawyers in California. Not all lawyers are alike. The last thing you need is a lawyer that is going to try and settle your case on the cheap.


This in not to suggest that every case has this value. Every case is different and there are not guarantees in life or law. Just because we have gotten great results in so many previous cases, is no guarantee of any particular result in your case or any other case.


Not all lawyers are alike


Lawyers have far different expertise and experience in handling different legal matters.


We are not telling you all this to brag, but to let you know that Bill has the skill and resources needed to prevail in class action lawsuits and/or PAGA lawsuits. Truth is, not all lawyers are not alike.

Putting aside all of the awards and accolades - Bill is also known for being blunt and honest. This is why Bill is regularly asked to testify before the California State Senate and California assembly on wage legislation. This is why Bill was asked to help write the recent PAGA laws. His no B.S. style is a breath of fresh air.


Here is our guarantee


If we perform the confidential, no-obligation, free unpaid wages analysis for you and you aren’t satisfied with the results - we will send you a $100 gift certificate to Target.


That’s how sure we are that you will be satisfied with our analysis. Please understand, that we aren't “guaranteeing” that you will be owed money by the company or that you will get any particular result. What I am guaranteeing is that if you aren’t happy with the effort we put into your confidential, no-obligation, free unpaid wages analysis we will send you a free gift certificate to Target.


Why Target?  My kids and I (I have two daughters who are 13 and 11) love shopping at Target.


Of course, it’s our job to show you that we put a lot of effort into your wage analysis and make you satisfied. If for any reason you are unsatisfied after we complete the confidential, no-obligation, free unpaid wages analysis we will send you your $100 gift certificate to Target. If you are unsatisfied, we would like to know why, but you don’t even have to tell us that if you don’t want to.


Why would I make this kind of a guarantee?


I didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in my mouth. In fact, it was probably a plastic spoon. I know first-hand how tough it is to make it and feed a family when you’re struggling to get by.  I take great pride in helping folks get paid the wages they are owed by the company.  This personal drive is why I'm called "California's Leading Wage and Hour Class Action Lawyer." 


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.

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1 Comments:
I worked as a waitress in two locations of a family owned restaurant in Sacramento. I worked long hours and received a handful of 15 min breaks, if that, over a period of a several months. My meal breaks were 20 min TOPS that both the kitchen staff and I struggled to eat what we could between the slow times, having to get up and pause our meal if a customer walked in. I worked full almost eleven hour days with no overtime. Not only did I not receive over time pay, the pay I did receive was less than minimum wage. The owners reasonjng for this was because I received tips which usually made my daily pay amount to minimum wage. I worked under the table and agreed to these terms so I’m not sure what rights I have or what I could be owed, if anything at all.
Posted by Jade Liu on April 11, 2019 at 11:56 PM

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