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California Workers: Check your pay stubs!

If you’ve received a paycheck within the last year and you found it difficult to understand or believe it may be missing information, your rights under the California Labor Code may have been violated.  

For example, if you:

  • (1) Found it difficult to determine exactly which hours you were being paid for; or
  • (2) Found it difficult to determine how your pay was calculated; or
  • (3) If there were fees deducted from your pay that didn’t make sense, you may qualify for this investigation. 

California labor law requires employers to include specific information on employee paycheck stubs.

If employers fail to include all of the required information on a pay stub, they may be in violation of California pay stub requirements. In these cases, employees may be able to take legal action and recover compensation.

If you are a California worker and received a pay stub that was missing any required information within the last year, you may qualify to join this California paycheck stub class action lawsuit investigation.

Fill out the form on this page for more information.

Note: Even if you are not sure if any required information is missing from your pay stub, an experienced California attorney will be able to review your information and let you know if there are any issues you may have been unaware.

What are the California Pay Stub Requirements?

Under California labor law, the following information is included in the California pay stub requirements:

  • Gross wages earned
  • Total hours worked
  • Number of Piece rate units earned and any applicable piece rate, if this is how the worker is paid
  • All deductions (employee ordered deductions can be aggregated and shown as one item on the wage statement)
  • Net wages earned
  • Inclusive dates for the employee’s pay period
  • Name of the employee
  • Last 4 digits of the employee’s social security number or an employee identification number
  • Name and address of the legal entity which serves as the employer (for farm labor contractors, the information of the legal entity which secured the employer’s services)
  • Hourly rates in effect during the pay period and the corresponding number of hours worked at each hourly rate (temporary services employers should include the rate of pay and total hours worked for each temporary services assignment)

Read More: What Is Required on a California Pay Stub?

What if California Employers Omit Information?

California law allows employees to seek compensation for “knowing and intentional failure” to follow the law. This does not include isolated and unintentional payroll errors due to clerical mistakes.

If an employer knowingly and intentionally violates the law, employees can recover actual damages or $50 for the initial pay period that a violation occurs, and $100 for each violation in a subsequent pay period. Under these rules, employees can seek up to $4,000.

What California Paycheck Stub Lawsuits Have Been Filed?

Pay stub lawsuits have been filed against employers that allegedly failed to comply with California paycheck stub requirements. In fact, hefty compensation has resulted from one of these lawsuits.

In late 2018, a California paycheck stub class action lawsuit against Walmart went to trial—ending in a trial verdict totaling nearly $102 million after a California judge found that the superstore failed to comply with California pay stub requirements.

As a result, the judge ordered the retailer to pay around $48 million in statutory damages and $54 million in penalties under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), a California law which allows employees to sue employers for labor violations on behalf of the state.

Read More: Walmart Pay Stub Settlement Expected to Prompt Similar Lawsuits

Join a California Paycheck Stub Class Action Lawsuit Investigation

If you are a California worker and received a pay stub that was missing any required information, you may qualify to join this California paycheck stub class action lawsuit investigation.

See if you qualify by filling out the short form on this page. 

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Join a Free California Pay Stub Class Action Lawsuit Investigation

After you fill out the form below, this is what you can expect will happen next:

  • Attorneys from the law firm Bradley/Grombacher will reach out to you within one business day.
  • They will contact you via phone and email.
  • Responding to them promptly will allow them to be able to give you the help you deserve in this manner.

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  • (Note: If your paycheck stub is not from within the last year, you may not qualify for this investigation.)
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