As a worker employed in California, you have rights when it comes to the hours you work and the wages you are paid. However, some employers may try to “cheat the system” and get around giving you what you are owed. Today, we at the Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton will examine how being paid a salary can actually work against you.
Though many people are led to believe that receiving a salary is a sign of getting a “real” job, it can actually serve an insidious purpose in the wrong hands. Some employers unfortunately want to pay their workers as little as possible in order to increase their profit margins to the maximum amount. In order to reach that goal, they may pay you a salary.
By paying you salary instead of a wage, an employer can avoid three things: overtime pay, mandatory breaks, and minimum wages. Only employees who are paid by the hour have their right to these things protected by law. As a salaried employee, you get the same amount of money regardless of how many hours you put into your work and how much work you actually do. In the hands of a bad employer, this system can easily be abused to get employees to work more for less pay or benefits overall.
If you believe that your employer has committed a violation against your right to work the hours you need and receive the paycheck you deserve, contact an attorney who handles work-related disputes. Everyone deserves proper pay for the time they put into work.