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Unpaid Wages & Overtime

Unpaid Wages and Overtime Lawyers in Walnut Creek

Representing Employees throughout the Bay Area

Here at Ratner Molineaux, LLP, we take wage violations seriously. If you have had issues with your employer about unpaid wages or denied overtime wages, we can help. There are thousands of employers in in Contra Costa, Alameda, Solano, and San Joaquin counties that do not pay their workers fairly, do not abide by minimum wage laws, or do not acknowledge overtime abuse. Our firm is dedicated to getting justice for individuals who have been cheated on their paychecks, and make the employers take responsibility for this illegal action. There are many industries that are especially prone to wage violations, including IT, skilled trades/services, sales, healthcare, and call centers, but no matter where you work, you deserve to be compensated fairly.

If you were are missing payment for hours worked, please reach out to our wage & hour lawyers in Walnut Creek at Ratner Molineaux, LLP. Contact us online or call (925) 332-1444 for a consultation.

What is the Walnut Creek Minimum Wage?

As of January 1, 2023, the minimum wage will be $15.50 per hour for all employers. In years prior, the minimum wage in California differed based on the number of employees -- if your employer had 25 employees or less versus 26 employees or more. In 2023, the California minimum wage rate will be $15.50 for all. Some cities and counties may have higher minimum wages than the state rate. Here is a list of city and county minimum wages throughout California -- this data is compiled by the UC Berkeley Labor Center.

How to Report Unpaid Wages

Before you file a lawsuit, you must file a claim with the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD). They will investigate your claim. If it is valid they will submit a legal order that instructs your employer to pay you. Any employee may submit a complaint for unpaid wages to the WHD, even if they are not documented or a legal employee -- all services provided by the WHD are free and confidential. Your employer may also not retaliate against you or terminate you for filing a complaint.

You Deserve Payment For Your Hard Work

These days, it’s hard to make ends meet, and every dollar counts. When you work a certain number of hours, especially if it’s overtime or holiday time, you need to be paid what you’re owed. There are many ways that your employer may be shortchanging you, like misclassifying your worker status, or refusing to pay for correspondence or remote work, but Ratner Molineaux, LLP will be able to get to the bottom of it. We’re one of the most skilled wage violation attorneys serving Contra Costa, Alameda, Solano, and San Joaquin Counties, and we’re experienced with California labor laws and how to win cases like yours. From tricky changes made to employment contracts, to blatant wage theft, employers across California need to be held accountable, and you need to find a lawyer to advocate for you.


If you aren’t being paid the money you rightfully earned, or you suspect wage theft from your employer, don’t wait any longer- reach out to our office today and ask for your free consultation.

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