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. See below some tips for 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. See what more you can learn from the internet in this regard. Read more from the online forums, the blogs, and even the social media platforms. Find out more from the reviews and feedback from people that have had to do this before.
Contact your employer in a bid to ask for your wages. This should be in written form via a letter or an email. Be very articulate on the details from the start to the end and leave no space for second-guessing by either of you. Copy the letter to the leader of your trade union as well as that will have you covered on all sides. 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. There are conciliation services you can hire so that they could come in as a third party and try to find a solution or you could go for a local trade union. As you go meet them, it is very important that you have all the information concerning your time working for the company, for example, pay slips and an appointment letter.
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 Most times though, a settlement is reached even before the final hearing and the cases are, therefore, usually withdrawn.
At the employment tribunal, you will need someone who will represent your case. If you have a friend who has knowledge of employment law, he can represent you or you could find a lawyer who is good at this. If you cannot prove that you actually worked with your employer, there will be a hearing to sort that out first before the main hearing.