Help For Workers: The Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA)

Employers that do wrong are concerned about large numbers of employees or former employees bringing class action lawsuits, which allow workers to find power in numbers. This is why many new employees are told to sign a lot of papers (arbitration agreements that may waive their right to a trial) when they are hired.

The Private Attorneys General Act, commonly known as PAGA, allows an attorney to act on behalf of a labor board and protect the rights of California workers. PAGA is especially important for workers who have been mistreated by their employers.

A Vehicle For Change And Accountability

PAGA is a vehicle to change a corrupt or exploitative work environment and get workers what they deserve. It gives private citizens the right to band together in a way that holds employers accountable. PAGA may be helpful to you if:

  • You were not paid properly (time and a half) for overtime — work you did in excess of 40 hours a week or eight hours a day.
  • You were denied proper meal breaks or rest breaks as defined by law.
  • You're looking for legal advice about an employer that cheated you on payroll or another wage and hour issue.

Questions We Can Answer

At the law firm of Carlin & Buchsbaum, LLP, based in Long Beach, we know how PAGA works, and we know how to use it to protect our clients' rights. Attorneys with the firm represent employees in wage and hour class actions. We can answer questions like:

  • Do I get overtime if I'm paid a salary?
  • What are my meal period rights?
  • How many hours must I work to be entitled to a rest period?
  • What about my sales commissions if I'm terminated: Can my employer keep that money even though I signed a deal?
  • Am I entitled to my leftover vacation pay immediately upon termination?

  • Can my employer be penalized a full day's pay for every day it doesn't pay me what I am owed?
  • What sick pay am I entitled to?

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Every situation is different. Contact us for a free consultation about your employment matter.

Carlin & Buchsbaum, LLP, serves clients in the Los Angeles area and throughout Southern California.

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