Learn how to ...
- Identify wage theft
- Understand workers' rights and employers' responsibilities
- Report problems or labor law violations
Wage theft occurs when employers do not pay workers according to the law. Examples of wage theft include paying less than minimum wage, not paying workers overtime, not allowing workers to take meal and rest breaks, or taking workers' tips.
Know your rights and exercise them. If you are experiencing a violation of any of the labor laws explained on this website, or you have observed wage theft and want to report it, there are a variety of ways you can take action.
In California, all workers are protected by labor laws. It does not matter where you were born or whether you have papers to work. The Labor Commissioner's Office will not ask about your immigration status or report your immigration status to other government agencies. You do not need a social security number or photo identification to file a claim or report a violation.
This website will show you the steps to take to protect yourself from wage theft and how to report a problem to the Labor Commissioner's Office.