If you have not been paid the wages you’re owed, or if your hours have been cut without proper notice in California, you may have a wage/hour claim. In order to make a successful claim, it is important to have the right documents to support your case.
Your employment contract
This document will outline the terms of your employment, including your hourly wage and the number of hours you should work each week. Additionally, your contract may contain information about other benefits you’re entitled to, such as vacation time and sick leave.
If you do not have a written contract, don’t worry – your oral agreement with your employer can still get enforced. However, it may be more difficult to prove the terms of your employment without a written document.
Time sheets or other records of hours worked
If your employer does not use an electronic timekeeping system, you should keep your own records of the hours you work each day. Be sure to include any overtime hours, as well as any time spent on activities such as mandatory training or company meetings. These records will help to show how much money is owed to you in unpaid wages.
Your pay stubs can be helpful in calculating how much money you’re owed if you have not been properly paid. Be sure to keep track of any deductions that were made from your paycheck as well as any overtime hours that you worked to support your wage and hour claim. If you have questions about what should be part of your pay stub, you can contact your state’s labor department for more information.
Having the right documents is essential to winning your wage/hour claim. With these items, you will be able to prove the terms of your employment and the amount of compensation that you should receive.