Upon getting hired at a firm, nobody can tell how sometimes things turn out and it happens to the best of us that you may find yourself dealing with issues of unpaid wages along the way. 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. This is actually money owed to you for services you offered after all. See below some tips for claiming unpaid wages in California.
Begin by carrying out research. Inquire from friends and colleagues alike on how they themselves dealt with the situation so as to get ideas. See what more you can learn from the internet in this regard. Use the blogs, social media platforms and online forums to you learn a lot more. Read through the reviews and feedback given by others that have walked this journey before.
Contact your employer in a bid to ask for your 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. Be clear on the letter the time you are to move on to the next step.
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.
When it hits three months before you get your wages paid, you will not be allowed to take your case to the employment tribunal, you need to do this earlier. The deadline is on the 29th day of the third month and not anything past that. You can still involve the employment tribunal while the third party is still trying to get you a solution but it seems to bear no fruit. Most times though, a settlement is reached even before the final hearing and the cases are, therefore, usually withdrawn.
At the employment tribunal, you will need someone who will represent your case. If you think you can do it, you can represent yourself or you could find a lawyer to do that for you. 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.