April 12, 2022
Wage theft affects workers in California and across the country, hurting the livelihoods of thousands of workers. Wage theft occurs when an employer fails to pay the correct amount of wages that an employee has earned.
Who is affected by wage theft?
Wage theft can harm any worker who receives payments through checks, cash, or bank account deposits. In many cases, wage theft involves falsifying payroll documents to prove earnings that are not correct. In other cases, employers show the right amount paid on paper but do not deposit the total amount in the employee’s accounts and hope that the employee will not notice the deception.
This type of law violation mainly affects low-wage earners who have jobs in the retail, restaurant, construction, agriculture, and warehousing industries. According to figures dating back to 2019, more than $77.4 million was stolen from California employees. Of these figures, many of those affected are immigrants and undocumented workers.
What can be done in case of wage theft?
California laws, especially those oriented to wages and hours, serve as robust protections for workers. However, employees must be aware of them and take action to enforce their rights. The most effective way to do this is to consult with a California employment law attorney. In most cases, wage theft is not an isolated accident, but several workers of the same company are affected. An attorney can help you, and your coworkers take class action if your employer is conducting wage theft across the board.
It is important to consider that undocumented immigrants also have employment rights in California, so they should not be afraid to seek legal help to solve this problem.
At Para Los Trabajadores, we can help you receive the compensation you are entitled to.