Wage & Hour Disputes


California Wage and Hour Claims

We help you get paid for ALL of your work

For many businesses, the biggest percentage of the budget goes to labor costs. When they need to make cuts, the personnel budget may appear the first place to cut. Unfortunately, some businesses, in their effort to save money, end up violating California laws by classifying employees as exempt from overtime, not permitting meal and rest breaks, and denying vacation pay or other benefits to which they are entitled. If you suspect that your employee rights are being violated, contact Jennifer Kramer Legal, APC for a consultation. Our employment law attorneys can help you determine what your rights are, and help you get the benefits to which you are entitled.

Members of our firm have successfully litigated a number of wage cases. Here is a sample:

  • Laykin, et al. v. AnnTaylor: $6.5 million settlement on behalf of store managers and assistant managers for unpaid overtime and missed breaks.
  • Confidential settlement: $830,000 on behalf of security guards for unpaid overtime, missed breaks, and unpaid vacation pay.
  • Confidential settlement: $1.5+ million on behalf of employees at a 5-Star hotel for unpaid overtime, missed breaks, missed report time pay, and unpaid vacation pay.
  • Confidential settlement: $357,000 on behalf of commissioned employees denied vacation pay at separation from employment from large retailer.
  • Confidential settlement: $250,000 on behalf of hotel employees denied breaks.
  • Confidential settlement: $130,000 on behalf of newspaper employees denied overtime wages.
  • Confidential settlement: $135,000 on behalf of valet parkers illegally denied breaks and wages.
  • Confidential settlement: $850,000 on behalf of employees of 5-Star hotel for unpaid wages.

We handle wage and hour lawsuits that involve

  • Misclassification as exempt
  • Overtime disputes
  • Misclassification as an independent contractor
  • Misclassification as management
  • Not permitting meal and rest breaks
  • Withholding vacation pay
  • Failure to pay minimum wage
  • Illegal tip pooling or withholding
  • Unused vacation
  • Failure to reimburse for work-related expenses
  • Unpaid wages
  • Fair Labor Standards Act violations

Are you exempt from overtime?

Did you know that by law, all employees are presumed to be entitled to overtime pay? Only certain employees are exempt from overtime pay. In California, there are set rules about who is eligible for overtime and who is not. There are other laws which grant other workplace rights, such as the right to rest breaks and meal breaks, reporting time pay, or vacation pay.

Mangers are generally exempt from overtime pay. Sometimes, it is not always clear as to who is a worker and who is a manager. Employees who manage often engage in other tasks. Employers often have these “managerial” employees performing double duties. According to California law, someone who spends half their workday doing the same work as their “subordinates” is not a manager.

Other employees who are exempt include people who help run the business, such as comptrollers and HR personnel, and professionals such as doctors, lawyers, and computer professionals. Employees working in the computer industry are often misclassified as exempt from overtime payment.

If you are working long hours and paid a set salary, you have nothing to lose by calling an attorney to get an assessment regarding whether you are entitled to recover back overtime pay. Just because your employer says your are salaried does not make it true.

If you want to know for sure whether you are entitled to overtime, vacation pay, and other benefits required by California law, call our office. Often, we can give you an accurate assessment of your case over the phone.

Are you paid for all the hours you work?

Some employers fail to pay employees for all the hours they work. Do you perform any work off the clock? Do you get to work early or stay late to put on a uniform or set equipment? Do you perform any work at home? Does your employer automatically deduct time for meal breaks you don’t take? Does the time on your pay stub really accurately reflect the hours your work?

To find out more about California wage and hour claims, contact Jennifer Kramer Legal, APC for a consultation.

The law firm of Jennifer Kramer Legal, APC serves clients throughout California including the cities of Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Riverside, San Bernardino, Irvine, Silicon Valley, Sacramento, Modesto, Burbank, Santa Monica, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Irvine, Orange, Newport Beach, Pasadena, San Fernando, Long Beach, and Glendale.

Jennifer Kramer Legal, APC

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Los Angeles, CA 90013


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