Orange County employees receive a number of state and federal protections relating to their wages. For example, various regulations govern the minimum amount an employee must be paid and whether or not a given employee is entitled to overtime. California and federal wage and hour laws also cover issues relating to tips, meal breaks, and when an employee is entitled to payment. If you believe that your Orange County employer is not compensating you properly, know that California law is on your side.
Minimum Wage Violations in California
The federal law that governs most wage and hour employment practices is the Fair Labor Standards Act. The FSLA is intended to protect employees in Orange County and across the country from unfairly low compensation for their work or services. While under federal law the minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, California law states that the minimum wage is $9 per hour (and set to increase to $10 per hour in January 2016). This means that, generally speaking, employers must pay Orange County employees the higher minimum wage of $9 per hour. Discuss your specific situation with a knowledgeable employment lawyer.