When you work overtime hours, you expect to be paid extra for your time and effort, but this is not always the case. Some employers, wanting to keep the costs of operation down, will look for ways to avoid increasing your pay just because you go over the standard 40 hours per week. However, some of the tactics that are used to do this are illegal.
For example, employers will sometimes classify their workers incorrectly. Rather than naming them as non-exempt employees, they will say that the employees are exempt, which means they can get around the overtime laws. While this could be an honest mistake, the problem is when employers intentionally and illegal misclassify their workers simply so that they do not have to pay the workers a fair wage.
If this happens, it can be a huge hit to your bi-weekly paycheck. Not only that, but it also takes advantage of you as an employee. Your boss might assume that you will not say anything for fear of being fired, or you simply may not know how the classification system works, so you won’t understand why you’re not being paid what you deserve. Rather than allowing this to happen, you always need to be aware of your rights under employment law in California, and you need to fight for those rights if they are infringed upon in any way.
Would you like to learn more about employment law, your rights as a worker, and how your wages must connect to your hours worked? If so, we think that you will find our page on misclassification to be very helpful.