Los Angeles Off The Clock Wage Attorney

Los Angeles, California Overtime Lawyer

In California, it is illegal for your employer to ask you to work off the clock. If your employer has asked you not to report all of the hours that you work, you may be able to file a claim against your employer. For unpaid wages, only an experienced attorney can determine the value of your unpaid wage claim, which may include the wages you are owed, interest, penalties and other damages.

At the Employment Lawyers Group, our attorneys have extensive experience litigating unpaid wages cases, including working off the clock cases. Contact us to discuss your wage case and explain your options.

Los Angeles, California. What is working off the clock?

Working off the clock occurs when your employer asks you not to report all of the hours you work.

Here are some examples:

  • Your employer asks you not to report preparation time, including putting on safety gear, printing route maps at the office, calibrating equipment,
  • Your employer asks you not to report time worked on the weekend, or off hours such as time when you are on call.
  • Your employer asks you not to report time that would result in overtime pay.
  • Your employer asks you not to report meal breaks as time worked when you are required to remain on site and work through meal breaks

If your employer does not pay you for all of the hours you work, you have two choices:

  • You can file a claim with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
  • You can retain a lawyer and file a lawsuit in civil court

In most cases, it pays to hire an employment attorney to handle your case. Only an employment attorney knows all of the remedies, statutory fines and penalties that may be available to you. If your employer takes the case to court and loses, it may also have to pay your attorney fees. If your employer fires you or punishes you for filing an unpaid wages claim, it may be subject to additional damages and a wrongful termination case.

If you have questions about whether you should be paid when you work off the clock, or are not paid for all hours worked please feel free to contact us at 1-877-525-0700