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. 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. Find out more on how to deal with this from people close to you that have had to do this before. 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. Find out more from the reviews and feedback from people that have had to do this before.
It is very important to contact your employer and ask for your unpaid wages. Write a letter or email and send it. Write a very articulate letter with all the information that you have and attach proof if you have any. 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.
If after talking to your employer about it he still doesn’t pay your wages, you will need to involve the relevant authorities in California. You have an option of contacting a local trade union or find a conciliation service that specializes in these kinds of situations. 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. 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 Most times though, a settlement is reached even before the final hearing and the cases are, therefore, usually withdrawn.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. Well, you could represent yourself, or better yet find a lawyer or friend who has knowledge of this kind of law. 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.