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Unpaid Work Expenses


California’s labor code and wage laws are intended to protect employees so that they are paid on time and in full in accordance with the hours worked and expenses accrued. According to California Labor Code section 2802, California employers are required by law to reimburse an employee “for all necessary expenditures or losses incurred by the employee in direct consequence of the discharge of his or her duties…”


Necessary expenditures and losses include:

  • Employees using their own cars or cellular phones for work-related purposes
  • Employees having to pay out-of-pocket for work-related items (training and seminar costs, equipment or uniforms)

If an employer fails to pay or reimburse one or more employees for such necessary expenditures, they can sue for reimbursement as well as other damages and penalties under various Labor Code provisions (sections 2802 and 2699(f)(2)) of the California Labor Code.

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If you have been taken advantage of by your employer due to unpaid work expenses, don’t hesitate to reach out to Hardin Law Group today. Our experienced attorneys are more than happy to help you with a free and confidential consultation – you will not have to pay any attorney’s fees unless you win.

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