20 Mar Paying for overtime claims
Many people express concern about paying for overtime claims. Unfortunately, it often doesn’t make economic sense for a lawyer to take on wage and hour claims. Such claims generally smaller and cost more than they are worth. But there is still hope. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can still vindicate your rights, even if your claim is not that big.
- The first, is that you can go directly to the California Labor Commission to file a wage claim with them. It’s an expedited process so it’s usually faster than going to court. Moreover, it doesn’t cost you anything and you don’t need a lawyer.
- Pursuing a class action claim is another option. When there is a class action claim for overtime of minimum wage or other wage and hour issues, then lawyers have much bigger economic incentive to get involved. Consequently, that would be a way to go vindicate your wage and hour rights.
- Another possible avenue is if you have additional claims against your employer. For example, you may may have claims for discrimination, harassment or retaliation along with your wage and hour claims. In that case, the lawyer would probably be more likely to get involved because the harassment, retaliation or discrimination claim would make the case more lucrative. Obciously, this provides an incentive for the lawyer to take on the case. While they’re at it, they’ll just add on the wage and hour violation claims as well.
- Finally, the the labor code provides for attorney’s fees for some overtime claims. If you prevail on such a claim, the employer will have to pay for your attorney’s fees. This incentivizes attorneys to take your case.
If you believe you have a wage and hour claims, contact the Khadder Law Firm today for a free consultation.