All workers in California are protected by State Labor Laws—regardless of immigration status. You do not need a photo ID or Social Security number in order to file a claim.
You deserve fair pay and fair treatment on the job. Click here to see what rights you are entitled to. Protect yourself and your family from wage theft by following the steps below.
Step 1: Recognize the warning signs.
- Have you been paid less than you were promised?
- Have you had your paycheck report fewer hours than you actually worked?
- Have you been paid in cash, asked to endorse your paycheck to someone else, or forced to give a payment to your project foreman or supervisor?
- Are you unsure of who your employer is, or the wage you are entitled to?
- Have you been forced to start early or stay late without getting paid overtime?
- Have you been asked to work off the clock (without punching in)?
- Have you been denied meal or rest breaks on the job?
- Have you been injured on the job and been denied proper care or worker’s compensation?
- Has your employer threatened to fire you if you do not report for work after being injured?
- Have you been threatened or fired for questioning your boss about your pay?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have been a victim of wage theft, and would be entitled to compensation under the law. Proceed to step 2.
Step 2: Gather as much documentation as you can.
If you file a wage theft claim, you may be asked for the following:
- Copies of your pay stubs.
- A log of your work hours and locations.
- Any medical documentation of workplace injuries.
*Note: If you were paid in cash and don’t have pay stub documentation, you will still be able to file a claim. Please proceed to Step 3.