Some workers, especially those in skilled trades, enjoy the benefits of large organizations that protect their rights directly. For example, the California Labor Federation represents over two million working people in the state. However, we know that not everybody enjoys the same protection. At Jay S. Rothman & Associates, we are proud to step in and represent clients who do not have large, state-wide organizations backing them up.
One of the most common types of problems we see is, unsurprisingly, the unwillingness of employers to pay our clients the wages they are due. Payroll often represents the largest percentage of the cost of doing business. We find it unfortunate that some companies are willing to bend or break the rules in order to reduce the impact employees have on a corporate budget.
Anyone from any profession could possibly be the victim of misclassification, illegal scheduling or denial of overtime. However, the majority of wage and hour dispute cases we see tend to come from a handful of industries and employment situations:
- Restaurant and food service
- Independent contracting or freelancing
- Retail sales
At first glance, you might not think that the items on this list have much in common. However, the workers these cases represent are all people who usually work long hours. Additionally, some of the industries are home to companies that tend to pay their employees as little as possible or misclassify workers to avoid offering mandated benefits.
Unions help workers feel less alone when it comes time to stand up to big companies, and we are proud to serve a similar role. We believe everyone, regardless of what they do, deserves a fair deal for their time and effort in the California workforce. Please read more about our practice on our main site.