Many people ask me, how do I know if I am being paid appropriately?, or if I’m being cheated out of some of my wages.
Quite simply, you don’t have to be a lawyer to do this analysis.
I would start with asking your common sense, asking your instincts, is my employer breaking their deal with me? Are they paying me what they’ve promised.
If I’m working overtime, am I getting paid overtime? And if not, that should be an indicator that you should consult with a professional, and then do the deep dive into whether or not your pay records and your pay is appropriate under California Law.
Many people who believe that they are “salaried employees” don’t meet the legal definition of salaried employees and may be entitled to their hourly wages and overtime under the law.
There are other employees in California who are working without getting their appropriate lunch breaks and meal breaks. And if you’re working through your lunch breaks and meal breaks and you’re not getting appropriately compensated, via meal break and rest break premiums then you should contact a lawyer and do the analysis and find out whether or not you are being underpaid.
There are a lot of different ways you can be cheated out of your pay in California, and a lawyer can help you understand and diagnose exactly what’s going on with your paycheck.