Stockton, CA asked in Employment Law for California

Q: Am I still owed wages?

I was told to show up for work one night to work an 8hour shift. Well when I showed up the supervisor said someone was supposed to call and tell me not come in because they were leaving at 11pm. So I worked for an hour and went home. I was paid 3 hrs. And somehow I feel they still owe me wages. Am I wrong? I work normally 40 hours or more a week.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Under California law, reporting time pay is generally owed when an employee is required to report to work but is not put to work or is furnished with less than half of their usual or scheduled day's work. In your situation, you were furnished with less than half of your scheduled work, hence, you are generally entitled to be paid for half of your scheduled shift, but no less than two hours and no more than four hours at your regular rate of pay. Since you were scheduled for an 8-hour shift, you should generally be paid for 4 hours of work for that day; given that you have already received payment for 3 hours, you appear to be owed an additional hour of pay.

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