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How to file a wage and hour complaint

On Behalf of | Apr 20, 2022 | Wage And Hour Claims

Do you believe that you have been the victim of wage theft in California? Wage theft is a crime that occurs more often than you may think. If this is the case, filing your claim is the first step to getting justice.

Why do you need to file a complaint?

The federal minimum wage is currently set at $7.25 an hour, and many states have a higher minimum wage. Your employer is responsible for paying you the correct amount for the hours you work. If they fail to do so, you can file a wage and hour complaint. This also applies if you have not been paid the overtime you are due.

What is the process of filing a complaint?

The process of filing a complaint begins when you report the violation to the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor. You may do so in person or by mail. The complaint that you file must contain the following info:

  • Your personal info, including your name, address and telephone number
  • The name, address, telephone number and type of business of your employer
  • Your job title
  • A complete description of the type of work that you do
  • All of your payment information, including how you are paid, the method of payment and how often wages are paid
  • A detailed description of the violations that you allege have taken place
  • All of the dates that these alleged violations have taken place

What happens after the complaint is filed?

After your complaint has been filed, the WHD will review it. They will then conduct an official investigation. The purpose of this will be to help you recover all of the back wages that you may be owed. The WHD will be in touch with you in case more info is needed for them to complete their investigation.