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Tips for filing a wage and hour violation complaint

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Wage and hour violations occur quite often at companies all over California. Even though there are laws in place that protect employees from being treated unfairly when it comes to their pay, companies still take risks and withhold overtime pay and other types of compensation owed to employees. Let's take a look at how you can file a wage and hour violation complaint.

A complaint regarding a wage and hour violation can be submitted either by mail or in person at an office of the Wage and Hour Division, which is part of the United States Department of Labor (DOL).

The complaint must have the following information included in it for it to be valid:

  • The name, address, phone number and type of business for the employer
  • Your name, address, phone number and any other identifying information
  • Your job title and a description of the work you performed
  • How much you were paid, how you were paid and how often you received payment
  • Clear explanation of the supposed wage and hour violations
  • A list of dates that the violations likely occurred

Your name will not be revealed by the Wage and Hour Division when they conduct an investigation into your complaint. This helps protect the employee from any retaliation that the employer might consider. It is illegal for an employer to fire an employee who files a complaint about wage and hour violations.

If you suspect that your wages are being illegally withheld it's important to learn the process for filing a complaint. If you don't file a complaint, your employer will continue to withhold wages until they are reported.

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