Employers in California, and in every state across the country, are required to meet certain requirements when it comes to paying their employees. These requirements usually include adhering to minimum wage laws and overtime pay requirements when employees work over 40 hours a week.
When employers do not meet abide by these laws, it may lead to a wage and hour dispute in the form of a lawsuit. That is the situation a nursing home in California has been facing since the United States Department of Labor sued them in February of this year. According to the lawsuit, the facility made its employees work off the clock, didn't pay time and a half for any hours worked over 40 per week, and made employees take hours off of their timecards.
The nursing home has been under investigation for these alleged wage and hour violations for two years. The employer has been trying to silence their employees during this investigation and, when one woman cooperated with investigators, she was fired. Therefore, the lawsuit also claims that this woman was wrongfully terminated. A retaliatory discharge of this nature is unacceptable.
Employees in California are entitled to legal rights regarding wages and overtime pay. It is truly unfair for employers to take advantage of their employees by not paying them the wages they earned and deserve.
In these cases, there are remedies available and those that feel they have been underpaid or treated otherwise unfairly by their employer should seek out them in order to obtain the compensation they deserve. A Los Angeles wrongful termination attorney can be pivotal in helping a wronged employee bring his or her case, by gathering and presenting evidence to support a finding in the employee's favor.
Source: Ventura County Star, "Oxnard nursing home faces federal lawsuit over wage allegations," Tom Kisken, April 1, 2014