Knights Ferry, CA asked in Employment Law for California

Q: I am employed as a live-in horse trainer in Oakdale, California and have not been paid in 2 years.

My employer does have the assets to pay me but refuses- I need a lawyer!

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Glen D. Duvel
Glen D. Duvel
  • Santa Ana, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Why have you worked for 2 years without demanding your wages due? If it is because you are working in exchange for free lodging, the law prescribes precisely how much money an employer can withhold for rent/lodging, depending on the size of the unit you reside in. In order for this law to apply, it has to be a part of your job description that you are REQUIRED to live on the premises. If you are earning more than what your employer is legally allowed to withhold in exchange for rent, you would have a claim for unpaid wages, perhaps a minimum wage violation, and perhaps an unpaid overtime claim.

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