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What is a Wage Claim?

An employee or former employee may file an individual wage claim to recover:


  • Unpaid wages, including overtime, commissions, and bonuses.

  • Wages paid by check issued with insufficient funds.

  • Final paycheck not received.

  • Unused vacation hours that were not paid upon termination of the employment relationship, e.g., a quit, discharge, or layoff.

  • Unauthorized deductions from paychecks.

  • Unpaid/non-reimbursed business expenses.

  • Reporting time pay/split shift premiums.

  • Failure to provide a meal and/or rest period in accordance with the applicable Industrial Welfare Commission Order.

  • Liquidated damages for failure to receive minimum wage for each hour worked.

  • Waiting time penalties for failure to receive final wages timely upon separation of employment.

  • Penalties for paycheck(s) that have bounced or are not negotiable within 30 days of receipt.

  • Penalties for employer’s failure to allow inspection or copying of payroll records within 21 days of request.

  • Sick Leave Pay for time accrued and used for which you were not paid (effective July 1, 2015).

Click here for How to File a Wage Claim with the Labor Commissioner’s Office (also called the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE)).

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