One of the basic expectations of employees at California businesses or others around the country is that they will receive the correct wages for the time they work on their jobs. Whether workers are paid a fixed salary or by hours worked, employers are required by law to compensate them. When this does not happen, a payment dispute may arise. Recently, such a dispute occurred in another state between a publishing company and one of its former employees.
The former employee at a weekly paper alleged that the publisher had kept employee money intended for health insurance premiums. She discovered this when an insurance claim was denied. The employer had not paid the premiums for four months and had not informed his employees that they were no longer insured. The publisher initially said that he would pay the back premiums and any out-of-pocket expenses the employees had incurred; however, this apparently never happened.
The employee resigned from the company when she did not receive wages for two pay periods. When she applied for unemployment benefits, she was told there were no wages reported for her for almost a year. Businesses are required to report employee wages to the state and the publisher apparently failed to do so.
When a payment dispute occurs, many employees choose to take action against their employers. A California employment law attorney can help someone determine the best course of action to take when a business has violated wage laws. An experienced lawyer will make every effort to gain restitution for any pay or benefits lost for a client.