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Wage & Hour
Pasadena Wage & Hour Attorney
Handling Cases on Behalf of Clients in Pasadena, Glendale, Los Feliz, Burbank, and Hollywood
According to federal law, non-exempt employees must be paid time-and-a-half for any hours worked beyond eight in a day or 40 in a workweek. However, some employers willfully or unintentionally violate their employees’ rights by failing to pay them for all of the hours they work. At Berberian Law, our esteemed legal team proudly represents clients who want to hold employers accountable for violating their rights.
Common wage and hour violations include:
- Misclassifying hourly employees to avoid paying overtime
- Paying normal rates for overtime hours
- Requiring employees to work through breaks and meals
- Mandating off-the-clock work without pay
When you take advantage of our free consultation, our legal professionals will take the time to learn about your situation and explain what we can do to leverage our knowledge and resources to hep you pursue justice. Our reputable law firm has helped clients with legal challenges like yours reach agreeable settlements with the opposition and favorable outcomes in trials.
Are You Entitled to Overtime Pay?
If your employer claims you’re not entitled to overtime pay, but forces to work it any, then you check with a seasoned lawyer to make sure they aren’t violating California’s overtime laws. It’s important to remember that paying employees overtime is an extra cost to employers, and unscrupulous business owners or managers will often break the law by deliberately misclassifying their employers as exempt so that they can avoid paying for overtime.
Exempt employees have job descriptions that fall into the following four broad categories:
- Executive: These are salaried employees who have a full-time responsibility to manage two or more employees. No more than 20% of their time can be dedicated to other activities, or no more than 40% in a retail environment.
- Administrative: These employees are considered exempt because their primary duties are non-manual labor related to business operations, training, and management policies. No more than 20% of an administrative employee’s time can be used for other activities.
- Professional: To qualify as a professional, the employee must have advanced knowledge and extensive education. Artists, computer professionals, and teachers are considered professionals. Discretion and judgment are key expectations of these roles, and the nature of their jobs is primarily intellectual. No more than 20% of their time can be spent on other duties.
- Outside Sales: These employees usually make sales outside of an office. They can be paid salaries or commissions, but cannot spend more than 20% of their time on unrelated tasks.
If none of the above describe your job duties, then you might be incorrectly classified as an exempt employee. Non-exempt employees work hourly, are entitled to overtime, and their jobs don’t fall into any of the four categories listed above.