As an undocumented employee working in California, it is important to know that you have rights when it comes to collecting your earned wages. Just because you may not have legal residency status, does not mean that your employer can deny you the wages you have earned.
Under California law, all employees, regardless of their immigration status, are entitled to the minimum wage, overtime pay, and other legal protections. Employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees who assert their rights to earned wages or who complain about wage and hour violations.
If you believe that your employer has not paid you the wages you have earned, you have the right to pursue a claim for unpaid wages. You can file a complaint with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) or the United States Department of Labor (DOL). These agencies will investigate your claim and take appropriate action against your employer if they determine that a violation has occurred.
It is important to keep in mind that the DLSE and DOL do not ask about your immigration status when you file a complaint, and they will not report you to immigration authorities.
In addition to filing a complaint, you may also have the right to bring a private lawsuit against your employer for unpaid wages. An attorney can help you understand your rights and options and can assist you in pursuing a claim for unpaid wages.
Fight For Your Earned Wages With An Experienced Employment Lawyer
It is important to remember that you have rights as an employee, regardless of your immigration status. If you believe that your employer has not paid you the wages you have earned, please contact Salusky Law Group at (562) 855-0004 to schedule a free consultation.