How much time do I have to file a wage claim in California?
Wage claims must be filed within a strict timeframe, known as a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for filing wage claims in California is typically three years from when the most recent violation took place, but in most cases, a skilled employment lawyer can extend the limit to four years before a lawsuit is filed. The four-year time limit applies to most wage violations, including claims for overtime, commissions, minimum wage, and failure to provide meal and rest breaks.
It is important to file a wage claim as soon as possible, or you could lose your right to claim any unpaid wages from before the statute of limitations period. Additionally, you may have other related employment claims that have their own time limits. In addition to recovering your unpaid wages, an attorney with in-depth knowledge of California employment law can obtain extra penalties and damages that may significantly increase the value of your claim.
Do not delay in speaking to an experienced employment law attorney. A lawyer can help ensure you meet the deadlines for filing a wage claim or lawsuit so that your rights are preserved. Contact McCormack Law Firm today to learn more.
Other Unpaid Wage, Overtime & Commission Theft FAQs:
- Am I entitled to meal breaks and rest breaks if I am working remotely?
- Are computer programmers and tech workers exempt from overtime?
- Can an employer disclose my immigration status if I file a claim for unpaid wages?
- Can I get fired for claiming overtime pay?
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- Do I still get overtime if I am a commissioned salesperson?
- Does my employer have to pay me for off-the-clock work?
- Does my employer have to reimburse me for work expenses?
- How can a lawyer help with my claim for unpaid wages?
- How can I protect myself from wage theft?
- How can I tell if I am an independent contractor?
- How do I file a claim for unpaid wages?
- How do I know if I am entitled to overtime pay?
- How do I know if my employer needs to pay me overtime?
- How is overtime pay calculated in California?
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- How much time do I have to file an overtime claim?
- If I receive a salary, am I exempt from overtime?
- If my employment is terminated, is my employer still required to pay me my commissions?
- Is my employer allowed to deduct anything from my paycheck?
- Is my employer allowed to deduct tips from my paycheck?
- Is my employer allowed to withhold my final wages after firing me?
- Is my employer required to pay for my meal break and rest breaks?
- My employer is forcing me to work through meal breaks. What should I do?
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- What is an exempt and non-exempt employee?
- What is the minimum wage in California?
- What should I do if I suspect my employer is withholding wages?
- What should I do if my boss asks me to work off the clock?
- What types of damages can I get in a wage claim against my employer?