The wage and hour laws are complex and ever changing. It is not exactly easy for California employees to know if their rights are being violated. It is advisable for an employee to consult a professional to help with his or her specific situation. To make the consultation with an unpaid wages attorney more productive here are some things you can do in advance.
The first thing an unpaid wages attorney will need to know is the story of what you experienced. While this may seem like extra work, the importance of a chronological timeline of events cannot be overstated. Your timeline of events will quickly bring the unpaid wages attorney up to speed about the facts of your case. The timeline will also help you down the road. As time passes people’s memories fade. If your case goes to trial a year or two after it is filed, you may forget many of the finer details. Your timeline will help refresh your recollection down the road.
The next thing an unpaid wages attorney will need is a record of the hours that you worked. Thus, if you have timesheets or other records of hours worked then you should definitely compile those before you meet with your unpaid wages attorney. These items will help determine if there is work for which you have not been paid.
The next thing an unpaid wages attorney will need is a record of the wages you have been paid. If you believe you have a claim to unpaid wages, the unpaid wages attorney will need to evaluate what you have been paid, and determine if anything was improperly withheld. Separate and apart from that a review of your stubs will reveal if certain information is missing. The law requires pay steps to contain certain information and if that information is missing, that is a violation in and of itself.
One of the things that an unpaid wages attorney will need to do is determine if you are exempt or nonexempt. To this the unpaid wages attorney will need to examine how you are spending your working hours, and what your job duties are. A job description can be very helpful to this inquiry. To evaluate your claim to unpaid wages, the unpaid wages attorney will need to consider how much time you spend each day discharging each of your job duties.
Burbank Unpaid Wages Attorneys
Now that you know how to prepare for your consultation with an unpaid wages attorney, do not delay. The Akopyan Law Firm’s employment attorneys are ready to assist employees with wage and hour claims today!