Tips Of Claiming Unpaid Wages In California
It actually happens a lot and can happen to anyone, that working in one place or another doesn’t end as well as you hoped. Even though there is a chance that the situation may turn from bad to worse, it is important to do something and claim your unpaid wages. It is, after all, wages for work you did do. Find below some guidelines to claiming unpaid wages in California.
The first step is to do some research. Inquire from friends and colleagues alike on how they themselves dealt with the situation so as to get ideas. Use the internet to understand a lot more about this. Make use of the social media platforms, online forums, and blogs to see what more you can learn about this. Read through the reviews and feedback given by others that have walked this journey before.
You shall then need to contact your employer asking for your unpaid wages. Do so in written form via a letter or an email. Make sure you have articulated the details well so that there is no misunderstanding. If you are a member of any workers trade union in California, copy the letter to the leader as well. Be sure to copy the letter to the head to the trade union you belong to so as to keep them informed, you might need their input later on. Put a timeline on the letter when you do write it so that you can follow up once the time has elapsed.
After you have contacted your employer and talked about the pending payment and he does nothing, you can now go ahead and involve a third party. Contact your local trade union, a conciliation service or seek legal advice from a law center. Your appointment letter and your pay slips will help prove that you were working for the employer as you claim, carry them with you when you go meet this third party you have chosen.
The employment tribunal allows you less than three months to get your case in court because when it hits three months, you will not be able to. The deadline is on the 29th day of the third month and not anything past that. Even after involving the third party and it seems to be going anywhere, you should now take it to the employment tribunal. Most times though, a settlement is reached even before the final hearing and the cases are, therefore, usually withdrawn.
You will need someone to represent you when you take the case to the employment tribunal. Well, you could represent yourself, or better yet find a lawyer or friend who has knowledge of this kind of law. In some situations where you cannot prove your relationship with your employer, there would have to be a hearing to get that sorted first before you can proceed to the main hearing.